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
Even the smallest deviation from vertical will send the swing careening around.
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.
The NBA had been careening toward this style of play for years now—the pace of it, the wild shooting, the impatient abandon.
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.
His accent careens from unconvincing cockney to erratic southern drawl.
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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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