from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To lurch or swerve while in motion.
- intransitive v. To rush headlong or carelessly; career: "He careened through foreign territories on a desperate kind of blitz” ( Anne Tyler).
- intransitive v. Nautical To lean to one side, as a ship sailing in the wind.
- intransitive v. Nautical To turn a ship on its side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.
- transitive v. Nautical To cause (a ship) to lean to one side; tilt.
- transitive v. To lean (a ship) on one side for cleaning, caulking, or repairing.
- transitive v. To clean, caulk, or repair (a ship in this position).
- n. Nautical The act or process of careening a ship.
- n. Nautical The position of a careened ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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.
- v. To tilt on one side.
- v. To lurch or sway violently from side to side.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To lean to one side, as a ship under a press of sail.
- n. A slanting position in which a ship is placed, that the keel may be repaired; the place where this is done.
- n. 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. A careening or lurching motion or movement; a lurch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move sideways or in an unsteady way
- n. pitching dangerously to one side
- v. walk as if unable to control one's movements
From French (en) carène, (on) the keel, from Old French carene, from Old Italian carena, from Latin carīna; see kar- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 16th century, from French carene (keel), from Italian (Genoese) carena, from Latin carina (keel of a ship). (Wiktionary)