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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 back).
  2. Nautical. to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul).
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
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
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Examples from the web for veers
  • There are times when she veers too far in one direction or another and something seems missing.
  • In addition to missing all the above factual and scientific discussion, the article veers off into alternative treatments.
  • The western half veers off into rolling farm country, rich in cattle and soybeans.
  • At the last minute it veers and pops its head above water, no more than two feet away.
  • When it comes to foods that one can actually make from scratch, the distrust veers dangerously close to disdain.
  • Advertising veers up and down with the economic cycle, and can be skipped by using digital video recorders.
  • The effects of the stimulus are wearing off, so fiscal policy now veers towards contraction.
  • The electorate veers between indifference and repulsion.
  • Unfortunately the remainder of the article veers off drastically from what was a promising start.
  • Sometimes this veers into moderately politically incorrect territory.
British Dictionary definitions for veers

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 veers

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.

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