1 [veer]
verb (used without object)
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.
to change direction clockwise (opposed to back ).
Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul ).
verb (used with object)
to alter the direction or course of; turn.
Nautical. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.

1575–85; < Middle French virer to turn

veeringly, adverb

1. deviate, swerve, diverge. Unabridged


2 [veer]
verb (used with object) Nautical.
to slacken or let out: to veer chain.

1425–75; late Middle English vere < Middle Dutch vieren to let out Unabridged
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veer1 (vɪə)
1.  to alter direction (of); swing around
2.  (intr) to change from one position, opinion, etc, to another
3.  (intr)
 a.  (of the wind) to change direction clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern
 b.  nautical Compare haul to blow from a direction nearer the stern
4.  nautical to steer (a vessel) off the wind
5.  a change of course or direction
[C16: from Old French virer, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gwyro to diverge]

veer2 (vɪə)
(tr; often foll by out or away) nautical to slacken or pay out (cable or chain)
[C16: from Dutch vieren, from Old High German fieren to give direction]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, "to change direction" (originally with ref. to the wind), from M.Fr. virer "to turn," of uncertain origin, perhaps from the L. stem vir- in viriae (pl.) "bracelets;" or perhaps from a V.L. contraction of L. vibrare "to shake." Related: veered, veering.
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Example sentences
Over the past decades, federal education policy has veered between the
  incredibly intrusive to the appallingly supine.
The little orb veered to the right, slammed into the trunk of a red maple, and
  ricocheted into a clump of woods.
Instead they veered randomly left and right, repeatedly crossing their own
But my thoughts quickly veered from the teams' talents to the places from which
  they hail.
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