Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To let out or release (a line or an anchor train).
  • intransitive verb To turn aside from a course or established direction; swerve.
  • intransitive verb To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern: synonym: swerve.
  • intransitive verb To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
  • intransitive verb To alter the direction of; turn.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To change the course of (a ship) by turning the stern windward.
  • noun A change in direction; a swerve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To direct to a different course; to turn; to wear.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) to pull tight and slacken alternately.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) to let out; to slacken and let run; to pay out.
  • intransitive verb To change direction; to turn; to shift.
  • intransitive verb (Naut.) to vary the course or direction; -- said of the wind, which veers aft and hauls forward. The wind is also said to veer when it shifts with the sun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A turn or swerve; an instance of veering.
  • verb intransitive To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve
  • verb intransitive, nautical to change direction into the wind; to wear ship
  • verb transitive to turn

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb shift to a clockwise direction
  • verb turn sharply; change direction abruptly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English veren, from Middle Dutch vieren; see per in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French virer, from Old French.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the French virer.

Examples

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  • A veer in the wind induced them to slack off sheets, and five minutes afterward a sudden veer from the opposite quarter caught all three schooners aback, and those on shore could see the boom-tackles being slacked away or cast off on the jump.

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  • The images, which occupy dozens of amorphous panels, veer from the sweetly sentimental — the cartoon bunnies and kittens that fill his wife Whitney Ward's bedtime thoughts — to nightmarish visions grotesque enough to evoke both 1950s EC Comics and 15th-century Hieronymous Bosch.

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  • Sobel, rightly in my view, brings us back to the scientific truth of Galileo's observations; and whatever the reasoning and motives for Pope Urban VIII's pursuit of him, the fact remains that the ecclesiastical authorities were given all the right information and came up with the wrong answer, and while Sobel doesn't rub it in, she doesn't veer from the central point either.

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  • But the subscription model will begin to show its age as development and service costs increase, and as audiences veer from the significant time and financial obligations these games command.

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  • But our courts seem to have not gotten the memo -- teachers who dare to veer from the scripted curriculum are at risk of being fired, and they will not find any protection from the law.

    Kevin Welner: Teachers: Gagged but Accountable?

  • The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the fervently passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).

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  • There are many people that veer from the straight and narrow that are capable of rehabilitation and every effort should be provided to assist them in acheiving this.

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  • But as I veer from the 'tomboy/jeans/trainers/tshirt' to 'fairly feminine without being too girly' in my everyday life, I'm not always sure how to present myself in some science contexts.

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  • But why, if I'm a gamer who typically seeks out innovative titles that veer from the beaten path, did I allow myself to be influenced by the words of a few reviewers?

    This Headline Will Not Pun On 'Faith'

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  • Citation on towpath.

    June 22, 2008

  • 1582 N. LICHEFIELD tr. Castanheda's Conq. E. Ind. 73 And after that the winde verred sic to the Southwest they bare with the same.

    July 29, 2008

  • Toward the most pallid rim of cloudy noonday steering

    Steadily, while the fluent glooms and grave

    Lap us and lift, repulse, and pause—the wild and veering

    Will of the loving and reluctant wave.

    - John Hall Wheelock, 'Storm and Sun'.

    September 22, 2009