We have a movement full of people who love their country and who are terrified of the course that it continues to careen along.
She continued to careen in the position of a cab going round Piccadilly Circus on one wheel.
Of a sudden the wind lulled, and the Circassian righted from her careen.
When we have your report, we can arrange to careen the ship, but not before.
We will careen the ship for a day or so, so as to let the carpenter and his mates get at the leak.
On the 1st September, the three largest ships being careened, they began to careen the rest.
Afterwards I helped to careen the Ships, to refit them, and to calk them.
The curtain went up, and "The Purple Slipper" glided on the stage with never a creak or a careen.
It can't be more than a week or ten days' job, even if we careen her.
They proceeded at once to careen their ships at the Pearl islands in the bay of Panama.
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.