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”).
- (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.
- (nautical) To tilt on one side.
- To lurch or sway violently from side to side.
- To tilt or lean while in motion. [from late 19th c.]
- (chiefly US) To career, to move rapidly straight ahead. [from at least early 20th c.]
- (chiefly US) To move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way.
2008, Philip Roth, Indignation:
- The car in which I had taken Olivia to dinner and then out to the cemetery — a historic vehicle, even a monument of sorts, in the history of fellatio's advent onto the Winesburg campus in the second half of the twentieth century — went careening off to the side and turned end-over-end down Lower Main until it exploded in flames...
The "move rapidly" senses are considered by some, especially in British English, to be an error due to confusion with "career".