Definition of Careen

1. Noun. Pitching dangerously to one side.

Exact synonyms: Rock, Sway, Tilt
Generic synonyms: Lurch, Pitch, Pitching
Derivative terms: Rock, Rock, Rocky, Sway, Sway, Sway, Tilt, Tilt, Tilt



2. Verb. Walk as if unable to control one's movements. "The drunken man staggered into the room"
Exact synonyms: Keel, Lurch, Reel, Stagger, Swag
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Lurch, Reeler, Stagger, Staggerer

3. Verb. Move sideways or in an unsteady way. "The ship careened out of control"
Exact synonyms: Shift, Tilt, Wobble
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Shift, Tilt, Wobble, Wobbler

Definition of Careen

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel.

Definition of Careen

1. Verb. (nautical) 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. ¹

2. Verb. (nautical) To tilt on one side. ¹

3. Verb. To lurch or sway violently from side to side. ¹

4. Verb. To tilt or lean while in motion. (defdate from late 19th c.) ¹

5. Verb. To career. (defdate from at least early 20th c.) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Careen

1. to lurch while moving [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Careen

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careen (current term)
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Literary usage of Careen

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"Disapproving usage writers hark back to the older (though still living) sense of careen which refers to leaning a boat over on its side to expose the keel ..."

2. Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionary by James Curtis Hepburn (1873)
"on the shoulder ; to incline, turn on the side, careen. ... zv To be inclined to one side, bent over, to lean over ; to careen, to decline. KATANA, n. ..."

3. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen by Robert Chambers (1835)
"careen, which seemed to assure them against the occurrence of any real difficulty in any of the ... careen ..."

4. Indiana and Indianans: A History of Aboriginal and Territorial Indiana and by Jacob Piatt Dunn (1919)
"... course under the direct supervision of his talented mother. lie began his business careen as clerk in a dry goods store, and from that ..."

5. Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionary by James Curtis Hepburn (1881)
"on the shoulder ; to incline, turn on the side, careen. KATAGI, n. ... zv To be inclined to one side, bent over, to lean over ; to careen, to decline. ..."

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