• WordNet 3.6
    • v careen move sideways or in an unsteady way "The ship careened out of control"
    • v careen walk as if unable to control one's movements "The drunken man staggered into the room"
    • n careen pitching dangerously to one side
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Careen (Naut) 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.
    • v. i Careen To incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • careen Nautical, to cause (a ship) to lie over on one side for the purpose of examining, or of calking, repairing, cleansing, paying with pitch, or breaming the other side.
    • careen To lean to one side, as a ship under a press of sail.
    • n careen A slanting position in which a ship is placed, that the keel may be repaired; the place where this is done.
    • n careen The submerged figure or body which is cut off from a floating vessel by the plane of the surface of the water; the submerged portion of a floating vessel: a figure bounded by the plane of the surface of the water and the wetted surface of a floating body.
    • n careen A careening or lurching motion or movement; a lurch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Careen ka-rēn′ to lay a ship on her side to repair her bottom and keel
    • v.i Careen of a ship, to move with an inclination to one side
    • n Careen the position of a ship laid on one side
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cariner, F. caréner, fr. OF. carène, the bottom of a ship, keel, fr. L. carina,


In literature:

In a twinkling the boat careened, throwing its occupants into the water.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
The curtain went up, and "The Purple Slipper" glided on the stage with never a creak or a careen.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Unguided, our vessel careened wildly in its mad flight, rising ever nearer the rocks above.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
It was traveling at great speed, careening from side to side like a ship in a storm at sea.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
New York was just a blur against the abysmal darkness under their careening wings.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
Twice again it fell, a fiery scimitar out of the darkness, and twice again it careened at the vitals of the stricken monster.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
It seemed to careen on its beams' end, but some special providence was watching over the players and no catastrophe occurred.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Sarka sent one thought careening outward from the aircar, a command to the cubes which stood watch beneath the other aircars.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The car careened around the corner and headed down a tree-lined street.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The images of dead faces came flying up, careening across his mind, mingling and merging with the faces of the living.
"Life Sentence" by James McConnell

In poetry:

Seeming dark-plumaged
Birds, after carrion,
Careening and circling,
Over the dying
Of England.
"The Cyclists" by Amy Lowell
How I would that I had thy spirit,
So to careen, joyous to cry,
Over the storm and never fear it!
Into the night that hovers near it!
Calm on a reeling sky!
"In A Storm" by Cale Young Rice
The black bulk heaving where the oxen pant,
The bowed head toiling where the guns careen,
Declare our might—our slave the Elephant,
And servant of the Queen.
"Beast and Man in India" by Rudyard Kipling
Who watches their course, who so mildly
Careen to the kiss of the breeze?
Who lists to their shrieks, who so wildly
Are clasped in the arms of the seas?
'T is the sea-bird, &c.
"The Sea-Bird's Song" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
I've watched in the azure the eagle's proud wing,
His soaring majestic, and feathersome fling--
Careening in liberty higher and higher--
Like genius unfolding a quenchless desire.
"Upward" by Mary Baker Eddy
But who a flattering tide may trust,
Or favoring breeze, or aught in end?--
Careening under startling blasts
The sheeted towers of sails impend;
While, gathering bale, behind is bred
A livid storm-bow, like a rainbow dead.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville

In news:

At the end of a week-long negotiation, Kelley requested a 2-percent fee — $80 million — and the whole thing careened to a stop.
Witnesses told police they saw Tonia Dockter's car swerving before it crashed and careened into a ditch in Oak Grove Township Saturday.
Three teens in an SUV suffered minor injuries Saturday when the driver lost control, careened off the road and ended up in a ditch, the California Highway Patrol said.
The fire engine driver, identified as 26-year-old Kalvin Hunt, drove about two miles yesterday before he hit a man, careened off the road and crashed into some trees, authorities said.
Officials say they arrived to find a car had careened off the road and into a laudromat building.
Texas A&M had already done a number on their careening Auburn program.
A car careened out of control just after 1 am Friday morning.
"A car with a driver who was on drugs, careened right onto the bike path and ended up hitting me," said Kathy.
A car careens out of control and the driver's best friend is killed.
Specialized outfits its sponsored Tour de France cyclists with these to careen through the French countryside and alpine hills—and the price reflects that.
Scott Proctor 's career has careened off the tracks after being used heavily by the Yankees in 2006 and 2007, appearing in a combined 166 games over those two seasons.
Songs like "What Makes the Monkey Dance," "Elouise" (subtitled "Self-Help Boogaloo," as if Prophet 's winking at our need to categorize) and "That's How Much I Need Your Love" are careening, funky workouts.
Hook your ball, and you just might find it careening off seven hundred vertical feet of stone.
The driver of a car trying to avoid a crash careened off the road and down an embankment Wednesday morning on Interstate Five north of Redding.
Imagine tearing down the highway at 180 mph, then careening off a pier, having your ride transform into a watercraft and burning through the wet stuff at 60 mph.