careen

verb
ca·​reen | \ kə-ˈrēn How to pronounce careen (audio) \
careened; careening; careens

Definition of careen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 High waves careened the boat.

intransitive verb

1a : to clean, caulk, or repair the hull of 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 The car careened down the hill.

careen

noun

Definition of careen (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for careen

Synonyms: Verb

lurch, pitch, rock, roll, seesaw, sway, toss, wobble (also wabble)

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Careen and Career

Verb

Some people might be confused by the warning to not confuse careen and career, because the most common sense of career ("a profession") is not much like any of the meanings of careen. But when employed as a verb, career does have some semantic overlap with careen; both words may be used to mean "to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner." A car, for instance, may either careen or career. Some usage guides hold, however, that the car is only careening if there is side-to-side motion, as careen has other meanings related to movement, among which is "to sway from side to side."

Examples of careen in a Sentence

Verb

the sled careened as it barreled down the hill he careened unsteadily to the couch after hitting his head

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With the final game of the NBA season in the books, speculation season has headed into overdrive, careening to the point where Dion Waiters-to-the-Warriors has merited ESPN speculation. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ESPN links Heat’s Dion Waiters as trade option for Warriors’ voids," 15 June 2019 The Honda careened into a black 2000 Dodge Dakota which was eastbound on Colfax and stopped at the red light. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Denver police make arrest in connection with fatal East Colfax hit-and-run," 12 June 2019 Similarly, many objects have careened down onto Earth from space, and Gorman looks into those as well—everything from dead satellites, forgotten zip ties, a recognizable American flag, and more. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019," 8 June 2019 Exploring Qatar's natural beauty is also a must, and Arabian Adventures provides half- and full-day desert safari tours that careen across golden sand dunes and stop at Khor Al Udeid, Qatar's inland sea with turquoise blue waters. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 June 2019 The pilot careened into the Hudson not long after taking off from the West 30th Street heliport at 2:25 p.m. ET. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "An 'Uber for Helicopters' Just Crashed Into the Hudson River," 15 May 2019 Even board members who supported the agreement said they are concerned that the district's budget could be careening toward a deficit, threatening programs for students. Sonali Kohli, latimes.com, "L.A. school board approves three-year benefit package with some cost containment," 14 Feb. 2018 Fortune Countdown to a Shutdown The U.S. government is careening toward another possible shutdown. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Fortune Most Admired Companies, IBM Revenue Growth: CEO Daily for January 19, 2018," 19 Jan. 2018 On a molecular level, the snow and ice of Olympic courses is exactly the same stuff that makes snowmen, blocks off your doorway and sends unsuspecting bystanders careening down driveways. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of careen

Verb

circa 1583, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for careen

Verb

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

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The first known use of careen was circa 1583

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careen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of careen

US : to go forward quickly without control

careen

verb
ca·​reen | \ kə-ˈrēn How to pronounce careen (audio) \
careened; careening

Kids Definition of careen

: to go at high speed without control

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