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veer1

[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination, etc., to another:
The speaker kept veering from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
2.
  1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back1 (def 30.)).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul (def 8c.)).
verb (used with object)
3.
to alter the direction or course of; turn.
4.
Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
noun
5.
a change of direction, position, course, etc.:
a sudden veer in a different direction.
Origin of veer1
1575-1585
1575-85; < Middle French virer to turn
Related forms
veeringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deviate, swerve, diverge.

veer2

[veer] /vɪər/
verb (used with object), Nautical
1.
to slacken or let out:
to veer chain.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out

vee

[vee] /vi/
adjective
1.
shaped like the letter V: a vee neckline.
noun
2.
anything shaped like or suggesting a V .
Origin
1880-85; spelling of the letter name
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Examples from the Web for veer
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  • With eyes now turned from aloft to ahead, we retyped our seamanship to meet the altered conditions of the veer in our outlook.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • We dared not veer so as to bring the ship on the other tack.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • And it was proof of Nagger's quality that he did not have to veer from the stallion's course.

  • Then, turning to the crew: “All hands stand by to veer ship!”

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • We veer between the abomination of city-reform and the desolation of Ultima Thule.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for veer

veer1

/vɪə/
verb
1.
to alter direction (of); swing around
2.
(intransitive) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
3.
(intransitive)
  1. (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
  2. (nautical) to blow from a direction nearer the stern Compare haul (sense 5)
4.
(nautical) to steer (a vessel) off the wind
noun
5.
a change of course or direction
Word Origin
C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge

veer2

/vɪə/
verb
1.
(transitive; often foll by out or away) (nautical) to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction
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Word Origin and History for veer
v.

1580s, "to change direction" (originally with reference to the wind), from Middle French virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the Latin stem vir- in viriae (plural) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a Vulgar Latin contraction of Latin vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.

vee

n.

1883, to denote the shape of the letter V. As a type of engine, by 1951.

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Related Abbreviations for veer

VEE

Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis
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