from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To turn aside from a course, direction, or purpose; swerve: "a sequence of adventures that veered between tragedy and bleak farce” ( Anthony Haden-Guest). See Synonyms at swerve.
- intransitive v. To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
- intransitive v. Nautical To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
- transitive v. To alter the direction of; turn: veered the car sharply to the left.
- transitive v. Nautical To change the course of (a ship) by turning the stern windward.
- n. A change in direction; a swerve.
- transitive v. Nautical To let out or release (a line or an anchor train).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A turn or swerve; an instance of veering.
- v. To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve
- v. to change direction into the wind; to wear ship
- v. to turn
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To change direction; to turn; to shift.
- transitive v. To direct to a different course; to turn; to wear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn; specifically, to alter the course of a ship, by turning her head round away from the wind; wear.
- To shift or change direction: as, the wind veers to the north; specifically, in meteorology, with respect to the wind, to shift in the same direction as the course of the sun—as, in the northern hemisphere, from east by way of south to west.
- To turn round; vary; be otherwise minded: said of persons, feelings, intentions, etc. See also veering.
- To turn; shift.
- Nautical, to change the course of by turning the stern to windward; lay on a different tack by turning the vessel's head away from the wind; wear: as, to veer ship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shift to a clockwise direction
- v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
French virer, from Old French.
Middle English veren, from Middle Dutch vieren; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French virer. (Wiktionary)