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Webster 1913 Edition


Career

Ca-reer′

,
Noun.
[F.
carrière
race course, high road, street, fr. L.
carrus
wagon. See
Car
.]
1.
A race course: the ground run over.
To go back again the same
career
.
Sir P. Sidney.
2.
A running; full speed; a rapid course.
When a horse is running in his full
career
.
Wilkins.
3.
General course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part or calling in life, or in some special undertaking; usually applied to course or conduct which is of a public character;
as, Washington’s
career
as a soldier
.
An impartial view of his whole
career
.
Macaulay.
4.
(Falconry)
The flight of a hawk.

Ca-reer′

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Careered
3;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Careering
]
To move or run rapidly.
Careering
gayly over the curling waves.
W. Irving.

Webster 1828 Edition


Career

CAREER

,
Noun.
1.
A course; a race, or running; a rapid running; speed in motion.
2.
General course of action or movement; procedure; course of proceeding.
Continue and proceed in honors fair career.
3.
The ground on which a race is run.
4.
In the manege, a place inclosed with a barrier, in which they run the ring.
5.
In falconry, a flight or tour of the hawk, about 120 yards.

CAREER

,
Verb.
I.
To move or run rapidly.
When a ship is decked out in all her canvas, every sail swelled, and careering gayly over the curling waves, how lofty, how gallant she appears!

Definition 2021


career

career

English

Noun

career (plural careers)

  1. One's calling in life; a person's occupation; one's profession.
    • 2012 January 1, Douglas Larson, “Runaway Devils Lake”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 46:
      Devils Lake is where I began my career as a limnologist in 1964, studying the lake’s neotenic salamanders and chironomids, or midge flies. [] The Devils Lake Basin is an endorheic, or closed, basin covering about 9,800 square kilometers in northeastern North Dakota.
  2. General course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part of it.
    Washington's career as a soldier
  3. (archaic) speed
    • Wilkins
      when a horse is running in his full career
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, chapter XIII, Democracy
      It may be admitted that Democracy, in all meanings of the word, is in full career; irresistible by any Ritter Kauderwalsch or other Son of Adam, as times go.
  4. A jouster's path during a joust.
    • 1819: Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      These knights, therefore, their aim being thus eluded, rushed from opposite sides betwixt the object of their attack and the Templar, almost running their horses against each other ere they could stop their career.
  5. (obsolete) A short gallop of a horse. [16th-18th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, trans. Michel de Montaigne, Essyas, I.48:
      It is said of Cæsar [] that in his youth being mounted upon a horse, and without any bridle, he made him run a full cariere [tr. carriere], make a sodaine stop, and with his hands behind his backe performe what ever can be expected of an excellent ready horse.
  6. (falconry) The flight of a hawk.
  7. (obsolete) A racecourse; the ground run over.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      to go back again the same career

Related terms

Translations

Verb

career (third-person singular simple present careers, present participle careering, simple past and past participle careered)

  1. To move rapidly straight ahead, especially in an uncontrolled way.
    The car careered down the road, missed the curve, and went through a hedge.
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport:
      However, the hosts hit back and hit back hard, first replacement hooker Andrew Hore sliding over, then Williams careering out of his own half and leaving several defenders for dead before flipping the ball to Nonu to finish off a scintillating move.

Synonyms

(move rapidly straight ahead): careen

Translations


Scots

Etymology

From English career.

Noun

career (plural careers)

  1. career