careen / career

careen / career
   To careen is to swerve and tilt to one side while turning at high speed.
   A career is a long-term occupation to which you devote yourself.

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  • careen, 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 …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • careen / career —    To careen is to swerve and tilt to one side while turning at high speed.    A career is a long term occupation to which you devote yourself …   Confused words

  • career — Synonyms and related words: Brownian movement, accomplished, advance, advancement, advancing, angular motion, art, ascending, ascent, at concert pitch, axial motion, backflowing, backing, backward motion, blunder, bolt, business, calling, careen …   Moby Thesaurus

  • 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 —  , 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

  • 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 — [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

  • 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… …   Word origins

  • careen — I. verb Etymology: from carine side of a ship, from Middle French, submerged part of a hull, from Latin carina hull, half of a nutshell; perhaps akin to Greek karyon nut Date: circa 1583 transitive verb 1. to put (a ship or boat) on a beach… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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