careen


1ca·reen

verb \kə-ˈrēn\

: to go forward quickly without control

Full Definition of CAREEN

transitive verb
1
:  to put (a ship or boat) on a beach especially in order to clean, caulk, or repair the hull
2
:  to cause to heel over
intransitive verb
1
a :  to careen a boat
b :  to undergo this process
2
:  to heel over
3
:  to sway from side to side :  lurch <a careening carriage being pulled wildly … by a team of runaway horses — J. P. Getty>
4
:  career

Examples of CAREEN

  1. <the sled careened as it barreled down the hill>
  2. <he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head>

Origin of CAREEN

from carine side of a ship, from Middle French, submerged part of a hull, from Latin carina hull, half of a nutshell; perhaps akin to Greek karyon nut
First Known Use: circa 1583

2careen

noun

Definition of CAREEN

archaic
:  the act or process of careening :  the state of being careened

First Known Use of CAREEN

1712

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