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veer 1

 (vîr)
v. veered, veer·ing, veers
v.intr.
1.
a. To turn aside from a course or established direction; swerve: veered to the left to avoid a pothole.
b. To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern: "a sequence of adventures that veered between tragedy and bleak farce" (Anthony Haden-Guest). See Synonyms at swerve.
2. To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
3. Nautical To change the course of a ship by turning the stern to the wind while advancing to windward; wear ship.
v.tr.
1. To alter the direction of; turn: veered the car sharply to the left.
2. Nautical To change the course of (a ship) by turning the stern windward.
n.
A change in direction; a swerve.

[French virer, from Old French.]

veer 2

 (vîr)
tr.v. veered, veer·ing, veers Nautical
To let out or release (a line or an anchor train).

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

veer

(vɪə)
vb
1. to alter direction (of); swing around
2. (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
3. (Physical Geography) (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical to blow from a direction nearer the stern. Compare haul5
5. (Nautical Terms) nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
n
a change of course or direction
[C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge]

veer

(vɪə)
vb
(Nautical Terms) (tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
[C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction]

veer

(vɪər)

v.i.
1. to change direction or turn aside; shift or change from one course, position, etc., to another.
2. (of the wind)
a. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back).
b. Naut. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul).
v.t.
3. to alter the direction of; turn.
4. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind.
n.
5. a change of position, course, etc.
[1575–85; < Middle French virer to turn « Latin vibrāre; see vibrate]

veer


Past participle: veered
Gerund: veering

Imperative
veer
veer
Present
I veer
you veer
he/she/it veers
we veer
you veer
they veer
Preterite
I veered
you veered
he/she/it veered
we veered
you veered
they veered
Present Continuous
I am veering
you are veering
he/she/it is veering
we are veering
you are veering
they are veering
Present Perfect
I have veered
you have veered
he/she/it has veered
we have veered
you have veered
they have veered
Past Continuous
I was veering
you were veering
he/she/it was veering
we were veering
you were veering
they were veering
Past Perfect
I had veered
you had veered
he/she/it had veered
we had veered
you had veered
they had veered
Future
I will veer
you will veer
he/she/it will veer
we will veer
you will veer
they will veer
Future Perfect
I will have veered
you will have veered
he/she/it will have veered
we will have veered
you will have veered
they will have veered
Future Continuous
I will be veering
you will be veering
he/she/it will be veering
we will be veering
you will be veering
they will be veering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been veering
you have been veering
he/she/it has been veering
we have been veering
you have been veering
they have been veering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been veering
you will have been veering
he/she/it will have been veering
we will have been veering
you will have been veering
they will have been veering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been veering
you had been veering
he/she/it had been veering
we had been veering
you had been veering
they had been veering
Conditional
I would veer
you would veer
he/she/it would veer
we would veer
you would veer
they would veer
Past Conditional
I would have veered
you would have veered
he/she/it would have veered
we would have veered
you would have veered
they would have veered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.veer - turn sharplyveer - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
peel off - leave a formation
yaw - swerve off course momentarily; "the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"
2.veer - shift to a clockwise directionveer - shift to a clockwise direction; "the wind veered"
change over, shift, switch - make a shift in or exchange of; "First Joe led; then we switched"
back - shift to a counterclockwise direction; "the wind backed"

veer

verb change direction, turn, swerve, shift, sheer, tack, be deflected, change course small potholes which tend to make the car veer to one side or the other

veer

verb
1. To turn aside sharply from a straight course:
Nautical: yaw.
2. To turn away from a prescribed course of action or conduct:
Archaic: err.
3. To change the direction or course of:
Translations
يَنْحَرِف، يُغَيِّر الأتِّجاه
točit se
svinge
irány: irányt változtat
breyta um stefnu; snúast
mestis į šonąstaiga pasukti
spēji mainīt virzienu
stočiť sa
sapmakyön değiştirmek

veer

[vɪəʳ] VI (also to veer round) [ship] → virar; [car] → girar, torcer; [wind] → cambiar de dirección, rolar (Met, Naut) (fig) → cambiar (de rumbo)
the car veered off the roadel coche se salió de la carretera
the wind veered to the eastel viento cambió hacia el este, el viento roló al este
the country has veered to the leftel país ha dado un giro hacia or a la izquierda
it veers from one extreme to the otheroscila desde un extremo al otro
people are veering round to our point of viewla gente está empezando a aceptar nuestro criterio

veer

[ˈvɪər] vi
[wind] → tourner
to veer off [car, bus, plane, ship] → dévier
to veer off course → dévier de sa trajectoire
to veer off to one side → dévier d'un côté

veer

vi (wind)(sich) drehen (im Uhrzeigersinn) → (to nach); (ship)abdrehen; (car)ausscheren; (road)scharf abbiegen, abknicken; the ship veered rounddas Schiff drehte ab; the road veered to the leftdie Straße machte eine scharfe Linkskurve; the car veered to the leftdas Auto scherte nach links aus; the car veered off the roaddas Auto kam von der Straße ab; the driver was forced to veer sharplyder Fahrer musste plötzlich das Steuer herumreißen; to veer off coursevom Kurs abkommen; it veers from one extreme to the otheres schwankt zwischen zwei Extremen; he veered round to my point of viewer ist auf meine Richtung umgeschwenkt; he veered away from the subjecter kam (völlig) vom Thema ab; the country has veered to the right under Thatcherdas Land ist unter Thatcher nach rechts geschwenkt
n (of wind)Drehung f; (of ship, fig: in policy) → Kurswechsel m; (of car)Ausscheren nt; (of road)Knick m; a veer to the left politicallyein politischer Ruck nach links

veer

[vɪəʳ] vi (ship, car) → virare; (wind) → girare
wind veering westerly at times → vento con tendenza a provenire da occidente
the country has veered to the left → il paese ha fatto una svolta a sinistra
the conversation veered round to politics → la conversazione si è spostata sulla politica

veer

(viə) verb
to change direction suddenly. The car veered across the road to avoid hitting a small boy.
References in classic literature ?
These warm Trade Winds, at least, that in the clear heavens blow straight on, in strong and steadfast, vigorous mildness; and veer not from their mark, however the baser currents of the sea may turn and tack, and mightiest Mississippies of the land swift and swerve about, uncertain where to go at last.
His tendency to veer about from one subject to another; his habit of keeping his tongue perpetually going, so long as there was anybody, no matter whom, within reach of the sound of his voice; his comical want of all dignity and reserve with his servants, promised, in appearance, much, and performed in reality nothing.
Scarcely had he spoken when he saw the stag veer about and fix its glances rigidly on the bushes to the left side of the glade.
My well-remembered experience has convinced me that, in that corner of the ocean, once the wind has got to the northward of west (as it did on the 20th, taking the British fleet aback), appearances of westerly weather go for nothing, and that it is infinitely more likely to veer right round to the east than to shift back again.
The hours struck clear in the cabin; the nosing bows slapped and scuffled with the seas; the fo'c'sle stovepipe hissed and sputtered as the spray caught it; and the boys slept on, while Disko, Long Jack, Tom Plait, and Uncle Salters, each in turn, stumped aft to look at the wheel, forward to see that the anchor held, or to veer out a little more cable against chafing, with a glance at the dim anchor-light between each round.
He saw the great cat veer in his charge as though to elude the naked savage rushing to meet him, as it was evidently Sheeta's intention to make good his kill before attempting to protect it from Tarzan.
She didn't veer to the north or anywhere else, but bore down on us rapidly.
A dozen paces straight through the underbrush, then a sharp turn at right angles for no apparent reason, only to veer again suddenly in a new direction
Urged on by its mother, the dying calf made spasmodic efforts to swim that were futile and caused it to veer and wallow from side to side.
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.
For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman; tricks which they will have less need to practise in Louisiana bayous.
Come, neighbours all, both great and small, Perform your duties here, And loudly sing, 'Live Billy, our king,' For bating the tax upon veer.