Definitions for careenkəˈrin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to lean or tip to one side while in motion; sway:

    The car careened around the corner.

    Category: Nautical

  2. (of a ship) to heel over or list.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. Ref: career (def. 5). 7

  4. (v.t.)to cause (a ship) to lie over on a side, as for repairs or cleaning.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. to clean or repair (a careened ship).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  6. to cause (a ship) to heel over or list.

    Category: Navy

  7. (n.)the act or position of careening.

Origin of careen:

1585–95; < MF carine < L carīna keel, nutshell; akin to Gk káryon nut


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rock, careen, sway, tilt(verb)

    pitching dangerously to one side

  2. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  3. careen, wobble, shift, tilt(verb)

    move sideways or in an unsteady way

    "The ship careened out of control"


  1. careen(Verb)

    To heave a ship down on one side so as to expose the other, in order to clean it of barnacles and weed, or to repair it below the water line.

  2. careen(Verb)

    To tilt on one side.

  3. careen(Verb)

    To lurch or sway violently from side to side.

  4. careen(Verb)

    To tilt or lean while in motion.

  5. careen(Verb)

    To career.

  6. Origin: Late 16th century, from carene (keel), from (Genoese) carena, from carina (keel of a ship).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Careen(verb)

    to cause (a vessel) to lean over so that she floats on one side, leaving the other side out of water and accessible for repairs below the water line; to case to be off the keel

  2. Careen(verb)

    to incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel

Anagrams of careen

  1. Cerean


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