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careen

[kuh-reen] /kəˈrin/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of a vehicle) to lean, sway, or tip to one side while in motion:
The car careened around the corner.
2.
(of a ship) to heel over or list.
3.
career (def 7).
4.
South Midland U.S. to lean or bend away from the vertical position:
The barn was careening a little.
verb (used with object), Nautical
5.
to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning; heave down.
6.
to clean or repair (a ship lying on its side for the purpose).
7.
to cause (a ship) to heel over or list, as by the force of a beam wind.
noun
8.
a careening.
9.
Nautical. the position of a careened ship.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95 for def 9; < Middle French carine < Latin carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Greek káryon nut
Related forms
careener, noun
Can be confused
careen, career.
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British Dictionary definitions for careens'

careen

/kəˈriːn/
verb
1.
to sway or cause to sway dangerously over to one side
2.
(transitive) (nautical) to cause (a vessel) to keel over to one side, esp in order to clean or repair its bottom
3.
(intransitive) (nautical) (of a vessel) to keel over to one side
Derived Forms
careenage, noun
careener, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French carène keel, from Italian carena, from Latin carīna keel
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Word Origin and History for careens'

careen

v.

1590s, "to turn a ship on its side" (with the keel exposed), from French cariner, literally "to expose a ship's keel," from Middle French carene "keel" (16c.), from Italian (Genoese dialect) carena, from Latin carina "keel of a ship," originally "nutshell," possibly from PIE root *kar- "hard" (see hard (adj.)).

Intransitive sense of "to lean, to tilt" is from 1763, specifically of ships; in general use by 1883. In sense "to rush headlong," confused with career (v.) since at least 1923. [To career is to move rapidly; to careen is to lurch from side to side (often while moving rapidly).] Earlier figurative uses of careen were "to be laid up; to rest." Related: Careened; careening.

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