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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rock, careen, sway, tiltverb

    pitching dangerously to one side

  2. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careenverb

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  3. careen, wobble, shift, tiltverb

    move sideways or in an unsteady way

    "The ship careened out of control"


  1. careenverb

    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. careenverb

    To tilt on one side.

  3. careenverb

    To lurch or sway violently from side to side.

  4. careenverb

    To tilt or lean while in motion.

  5. careenverb

    To career.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Careenverb

    A term in the sea language. To lay a vessel on one side, to caulk, stop up leaks, refit, or trim the other side. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: cariner, Fr. from carina, Lat.

  2. To Careenverb

    To be in the state of careening.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Careenverb

    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. Careenverb

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

  3. Etymology: [OF. cariner, F. carner, fr. OF. carne, the bottom of a ship, keel, fr. L. carina.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Careen

    ka-rēn′, v.t. to lay a ship on her side to repair her bottom and keel.—v.i. of a ship, to move with an inclination to one side.—n. the position of a ship laid on one side.—n. Careen′age, a place where ships are careened: the cost of careening. [Fr. carène—L. carina, the bottom of a ship, the keel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of careen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of careen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of careen in a Sentence

  1. Adam Laxalt:

    Like many Nevadans I've watched over the last year to see America careen in the wrong direction, i've seen the forces of the left all join together to cancel Nevadans, cancel Americans to impose a leftist ideology.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    Should Republicans careen our country towards a default, our country could actually be plunged into recession, laying off millions, making it harder for people to pay for the food on the table and their mortgages and their rents, shame, shame on the leader, the Republican leader.

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Translations for careen

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  • наклонявам, накренявамBulgarian
  • carenarSpanish
  • kallistaa, horjua, kallistua, heiluaFinnish
  • se coucher, battre ou mettre en carène, carénerFrench
  • slingre, skrense, kjølhale, skjene, krengeNorwegian
  • крениться, килевать, шататься, шатнуться, накрениться, кренговатьRussian

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