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veer1

[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination, etc., to another:
The speaker kept veering from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
2.
  1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back1 (def 30.)).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul (def 8c.)).
verb (used with object)
3.
to alter the direction or course of; turn.
4.
Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
noun
5.
a change of direction, position, course, etc.:
a sudden veer in a different direction.
Origin of veer1
1575-1585
First recorded in 1575-85, veer is from the Middle French word virer to turn
Related forms
veeringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deviate, swerve, diverge.

veer2

[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used with object), Nautical.
1.
to slacken or let out:
to veer chain.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out
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Examples from the Web for veering
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  • They kept straight, veering neither to left nor right, for her sake.

  • Grief sprang to the wheel and put it hard over, veering the Mahhini to port.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • All at once my left fore tire exploded violently, veering me aside into a mile-post.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
  • It was veering northwards every minute, and rising to the force of a hurricane.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Public opinion was veering around, when it was reported that she had been summoned to appear before a magistrate.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
British Dictionary definitions for veering

veer1

/vɪə/
verb
1.
to alter direction (of); swing around
2.
(intransitive) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
3.
(intransitive)
  1. (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
  2. (nautical) to blow from a direction nearer the stern Compare haul (sense 5)
4.
(nautical) to steer (a vessel) off the wind
noun
5.
a change of course or direction
Word Origin
C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge

veer2

/vɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive; often foll by out or away) (nautical) to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction
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Word Origin and History for veering

veer

v.

1580s, "to change direction" (originally with reference to the wind), from Middle French virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Latin stem vir- in viriae (plural) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a Vulgar Latin contraction of Latin vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.

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