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[n. oh-ver-steer; v. oh-ver-steer] /n. ˈoʊ vərˌstɪər; v. ˌoʊ vərˈstɪər/
handling of an automotive vehicle that causes turns that are sharper than the driver intends because the rear wheels slide to the outside of the turn before the front wheels lose traction.
verb (used without object)
(of an automotive vehicle) to undergo or handle with an oversteer, especially excessively.
Compare understeer.
Origin of oversteer
1935-40; over- + steer1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for oversteer
  • Adjusting or changing them can change the stiffness of the suspension in roll and alter understeer and oversteer.
  • And that slight oversteer to be able to throttle through a corner.
  • During this tramping the handling characteristics become severely oversteer.
  • With a combination-unit truck, a jackknife crash results from an oversteer situation.
  • Drivers who adjust their driving to road conditions do not overaccelerate and do not have to overbrake or oversteer.
  • Drivers may oversteer and lose control of the vehicle, leading to severe crashes.
  • As drivers oversteer to reenter the roadway, they are prone to lose control of the vehicle.
  • In cornering maneuvers, drivers may tend to oversteer or understeer which can result in loss-of-control crashes.
British Dictionary definitions for oversteer


verb (intransitive)
(of a vehicle) to turn more sharply, for a particular turn of the steering wheel, than is desirable or anticipated
the tendency of a vehicle to oversteer
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