Definition of careen
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 High waves careened the boat.
1a : to clean, caulk, or repair the hull of a boatb : 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 The car careened down the hill.
Examples of careen in a Sentence
the sled careened as it barreled down the hill
he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head
Recent Examples of careen from the Web
The outfield is spacious, leaving ample room for the ball to careen and roll while a batter takes an extra base or two.
Video cameras aboard a RideKC bus captured a car involved in a rolling gunbattle careen out of control and crash into a light pole last week.
The game has moved away from straight, predictable stretch of road that was Tiger Woods (every so often Phil Mickelson rearranged the itinerary) and careened hither and yon, dogleg right and left.
Looking back now, it is largely agreed that the contact was incidental, that Larson simply saw Hall careening toward him and at the last second threw his arms up in reaction.
A man charged with drunken driving careened down a Salisbury street at 130 mph before a crash that left a woman critically injured, news reports say.
Collin, wearing a black T-shirt with a green smiley face, talked to a friend at a picnic table near where the truck had careened into the chain-link fence, since replaced by a shiny new section.
Interactive exhibits on the museum’s first floor let kids explore a recreation of the far-away Island of Sala-ma-Sond, climb atop a seven-humped Wump of Gump, and build careening towers of plates and cakes with Cat in the Hat.
The 57-year-old lawyer died Saturday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, four days after his car was clipped by a speeding motorist at nearly 100 miles per hour, causing the vehicle to careen out of control and crash into a retainer wall.
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Origin and Etymology of careen
from carine side of a ship, from Medieval French, submerged part of a hull, from Latin carina hull, half of a nutshell; perhaps akin to Greek karyon nut
First Known Use: circa 1583See Words from the same year
First Known Use of careen
CAREEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of careen for English Language Learners
: to go forward quickly without control
CAREEN Defined for Kids
Definition of careen for Students
: to go at high speed without control
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