swerve

[swurv]
verb (used without object), swerved, swerving.
1.
to turn aside abruptly in movement or direction; deviate suddenly from the straight or direct course.
verb (used with object), swerved, swerving.
2.
to cause to turn aside: Nothing could swerve him.
noun
3.
an act of swerving; turning aside.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English swerven (v.); Old English sweorfan to rub, file; cognate with Dutch zwerven to rove, Old High German swerban, Old Norse sverfa to file, Gothic afswairban to wipe off

unswerved, adjective
unswerving, adjective
unswervingly, adverb
unswervingness, noun


1. See deviate.
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swerve (swɜːv)
 
vb
1.  to turn or cause to turn aside, usually sharply or suddenly, from a course
2.  (tr) to avoid (a person or event)
 
n
3.  the act, instance, or degree of swerving
 
[Old English sweorfan to scour; related to Old High German swerban to wipe off, Gothic afswairban to wipe off, Old Norse sverfa to file]
 
'swervable
 
adj
 
'swerver
 
n

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Word Origin & History

swerve
early 13c., "to depart, make off;" early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate from a straight course," probably from O.E. sweorfan "to rub, scour, file" (but sense development is difficult to trace), from P.Gmc. *swerbanan (cf O.N. sverfa "to scour, file," O.S. swebran "to wipe off"), from PIE base *swerbh-.
Cognate words in other Germanic languages (cf. O.Fris. swerva "to creep," M.Du. swerven "to rove, stray") suggests the sense of "go off, turn aside" may have existed in O.E., though unrecorded. The noun is recorded from 1741.
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Example sentences
Sorry for swerving a bit off subject, but privacy is also a critical patient
  concern regarding medical records.
So far, though, no one is swerving from collision course.
Stability systems originally were intended to control swerving and skids, not
  necessarily rollovers.
They didn't see a crisis that was swerving head-on into their lane.
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