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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.]
tr.v. veered, veer·ing, veers Nautical
To let out or release (a line or an anchor train).
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A term given to when wind changes direction clockwise, for example south-west to west.
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