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careen

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verb ca·reen \kə-ˈrēn\

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 High waves careened the boat.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a :  to clean, caulk, or repair the hull of a boatb :  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 The car careened down the hill.

Examples of careen in a Sentence

  1. the sled careened as it barreled down the hill

  2. he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head

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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


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careen

noun ca·reen

Definition of careen

archaic

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

First Known Use of careen

1712


CAREEN Defined for English Language Learners

careen

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Definition of careen for English Language Learners

  • : to go forward quickly without control


CAREEN Defined for Kids

careen

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verb ca·reen \kə-ˈrēn\

Definition of careen for Students

careened

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careening

  1. :  to go at high speed without control



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