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careen

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verb ca·reen \kə-ˈrēn\

Simple Definition of careen

  • : to go forward quickly without control

Full Definition of careen

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put (a ship or boat) on a beach especially in order to clean, caulk, or repair the hull

  3. 2 :  to cause to heel over

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to careen a boat b :  to undergo this process

  6. 2 :  to heel over

  7. 3 :  to sway from side to side :  lurch <a careening carriage being pulled wildly … by a team of runaway horses — J. P. Getty>

  8. 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


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careen

noun ca·reen

Definition of careen

archaic

  1. :  the act or process of careening :  the state of being careened



1712

First Known Use of careen

1712



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