veer

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[ veer ]
/ vɪər /

verb (used without object)

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)
  1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back1def 30).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to hauldef 8c).

verb (used with object)

to alter the direction or course of; turn.
Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.

noun

a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.

Words nearby veer

Origin of veer

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First recorded in 1575–85, veer is from the Middle French word virer to turn

OTHER WORDS FROM veer

veer·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for veered (2 of 2)

veer2
[ veer ]
/ vɪər /

verb (used with object) Nautical.

to slacken or let out: to veer chain.

Origin of veer

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1425–75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out
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British Dictionary definitions for veered (1 of 2)

veer1
/ (vɪə) /

verb

to alter direction (of); swing around
(intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
(intr)
  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 sternCompare haul (def. 5)
nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind

noun

a change of course or direction

Word Origin for veer

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

British Dictionary definitions for veered (2 of 2)

veer2
/ (vɪə) /

verb

(tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)

Word Origin for veer

C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction
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