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veer 1

v. veered, veer·ing, veers
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.
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.
A change in direction; a swerve.

[French virer, from Old French.]

veer 2

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.]
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A term given to when wind changes direction clockwise, for example south-west to west.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.veering - the act of turning aside suddenlyveering - the act of turning aside suddenly  
turning, turn - the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
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References in classic literature ?
For three months, during which a day seemed an age, the Abraham Lincoln furrowed all the waters of the Northern Pacific, running at whales, making sharp deviations from her course, veering suddenly from one tack to another, stopping suddenly, putting on steam, and backing ever and anon at the risk of deranging her machinery, and not one point of the Japanese or American coast was left unexplored.
M'Kenzie immediately determined to return with him to Astoria, and, veering about, the two parties encamped together for the night.
And then, in triumph, with no more veering and yawing, we sailed into Benicia, the King of the Greeks bound hard and fast in the cockpit, and for the first time in his life a prisoner of the fish patrol.