careen

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Late 16th century, from French carene (keel), from Genoese Ligurian carena, from Latin carina (keel of a ship), from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret- (strong, powerful), see also Ancient Greek κράτυς (krátus, strong), κράτος (krátos, strength, power, dominion).

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careen (third-person singular simple present careens, present participle careening, simple past and past participle careened)

  1. (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.
  2. (nautical) To tilt on one side.
  3. To lurch or sway violently from side to side.
  4. To tilt or lean while in motion. [from late 19th c.]
  5. To career, to move rapidly straight ahead. [from at least early 20th c.]
    • 1909, E.M. Forster, “I”, in The Machine Stops:
      They were not motionless, but swayed to and fro above her head, thronging out of one sky-light into another, as if the universe and not the air-ship was careening.

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careen

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of carear.
  2. Second-person plural (ustedes) present subjunctive form of carear.
  3. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of carear.