- 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.
- (of the wind)
- to alter the direction or course of; turn.
- Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
- a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.
Origin of veer1
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- to slacken or let out: to veer chain.
Origin of veer2
Examples from the Web for veering
For a country forever cracking down on those perceived as veering from the sexual norm, being gay is finally starting to pay.China’s Gay Hook-Up App Is a Cash Cow
November 6, 2014
The reaction to this development has engendered a fear that cultural morality is veering out of control.Religious Conservatives Are the New Minority, But They’re Not Victims
March 30, 2014
He asked the tough questions, often veering into uncomfortable territory.David Frost's Best Interview Moments (Video)
The Daily Beast
September 1, 2013
This darker sensibility keeps the book, to its great credit, from veering toward The Devil Wears Prada territory.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 21, 2013
January 22, 2013
Once the state of opportunity, California is now veering on a cycle of decline that will be difficult to reverse, writes Tom Gray.Toxic State Syndrome: As California Declines, Texas Rises
September 30, 2012
It was veering northwards every minute, and rising to the force of a hurricane.The Manxman
The wind had veered, and in veering had fallen a very little.
The voice might be veering a trifle too far to the hearty side; but that was all.Watch the Sky
James H. Schmitz
All night long she seemed to be veering her course, attempting to escape from her pursuer.Great Pirate Stories
She strove to steady herself, as a ship will right up for a moment in veering.The Golden Dog
- to alter direction (of); swing around
- (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
- (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
- nauticalto blow from a direction nearer the sternCompare haul (def. 5)
- nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
- a change of course or direction
- (tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin and History for veering
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.