, career
 Occasionally confused when describing runaway vehicles and the like. Careen should convey the idea of swaying or tilting dangerously. If all you mean is uncontrolled movement, use career.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.


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  • careen — 1590s, to turn a ship on its side (with the keel exposed), from Fr. cariner, from M.Fr. carene keel (16c.), from It. (Genoese dialect) carena, from L. carina keel of a ship, originally nutshell. Generalized sense of to lean, to tilt is 1883.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • careen — is originally a nautical word (recorded by the geographer Hakluyt in 1600) referring to the tilting or turning over of a ship, either at sea or in dock for repairs. In AmE careen has developed the meaning ‘hurtle or rush headlong’: • A lot of… …   Modern English usage

  • careen — [kə rēn′] vt. [Fr carener, careen < OFr carène, carine < OIt carena < L carina, keel of a ship, orig., nutshell: see HARD] 1. to cause (a ship) to lean or lie on one side, as on a beach, for cleaning, repairs, etc. 2. to caulk, clean, or …   English World dictionary

  • Careen — Ca*reen , v. i. To incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Careen — Ca*reen , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Careened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Careening}.] [OF. cariner, F. car[ e]ner, fr. OF. car[ e]ne, the bottom of a ship, keel, fr. L. carina.] (Naut.) To cause (a vessel) to lean over so that she floats on one side, leaving… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Careen — f English: of recent origin and uncertain derivation. Its first appearance seems to have been in Margaret Mitchell s novel Gone with the Wind (1936), where it is borne by one of the sisters of Scarlett O Hara (the other being Sue Ellen). The name …   First names dictionary

  • careen — [v] tilt; move wildly down path bend, lean, lurch, pitch, sway, tilt; concept 147 …   New thesaurus

  • careen — ► VERB 1) turn (a ship) on its side for cleaning or repair. 2) (of a ship) tilt; lean over. 3) move in an uncontrolled way; career. ORIGIN from Latin carina a keel …   English terms dictionary

  • careen — UK [kəˈriːn] / US [kəˈrɪn] verb [intransitive] Word forms careen : present tense I/you/we/they careen he/she/it careens present participle careening past tense careened past participle careened mainly American 1) to move forwards quickly and… …   English dictionary

  • careen — ca|reen [ kə rin ] verb intransitive careen down/along/off to move forward quickly and suddenly, going from side to side in an uncontrolled way: The car hit a guardrail and careened across the freeway. a. careen from/toward to be in a situation… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • careen — [16] Careen comes ultimately from carīna, the Latin word for a ‘nutshell’, which is related to Greek káruon ‘nut’ and Sanskrit kárakas ‘coconut’. The idea of a ‘nut’ as a metaphor for a ‘boat’ is a fairly obvious one (shell is similarly used for… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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