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veer1

[veer]
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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. (of the wind)
    1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back1def 30).
    2. Nautical.to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to hauldef 8c).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to alter the direction or course of; turn.
  2. Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
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noun
  1. a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.
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Origin of veer1

First recorded in 1575–85, veer is from the Middle French word virer to turn
Related formsveer·ing·ly, adverb

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veer2

[veer]
verb (used with object) Nautical.
  1. to slacken or let out: to veer chain.
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Origin of veer2

1425–75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out

vee

[vee]
adjective
  1. shaped like the letter V: a vee neckline.
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noun
  1. anything shaped like or suggesting a V.
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Origin of vee

First recorded in 1880–85; spelling of the letter name
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Related Words

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British Dictionary definitions for veer

veer1

verb
  1. to alter direction (of); swing around
  2. (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
  3. (intr)
    1. (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
    2. nauticalto blow from a direction nearer the sternCompare haul (def. 5)
  4. nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
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noun
  1. a change of course or direction
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge

veer2

verb
  1. (tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction
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Word Origin and History for 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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vee

n.

1883, to denote the shape of the letter V. As a type of engine, by 1951.

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