Main definitions of veer in English

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veer1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Change direction suddenly:

    ‘an oil tanker that had veered off course’
    • ‘That's when we veered off course and nose-dived thousands of feet.’
    • ‘The Subaru then veered across the road and hit a telegraph pole, eventually becoming lodged between the pole and a tree.’
    • ‘The marker posts lead under power lines to a hawthorn tree, where the path veers right, towards the ridge.’
    • ‘They were unaware that the jet had suddenly and inexplicably veered off course.’
    • ‘The researchers noted that the helicopters stayed impressively true to the calculated flight paths, never veering more than 12-inches off course.’
    • ‘She died after her Ford Fiesta was hit by a truck that veered into her path, an inquest heard yesterday.’
    • ‘Suddenly the path veered sharply to the right and up the side of the mountain.’
    • ‘So we shouldn't be surprised that she veered off course and didn't go the way that we originally thought that she was going to go.’
    • ‘One can veer off the main paths into gorgeous, overgrown woodland areas.’
    • ‘At about 12 pm the driver of a blue Renault was travelling into Seend when he lost control of the car and veered into the path of a Land Rover travelling in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘We traveled eight days along the main road before veering away from our fellow travelers onto a smaller path heading north towards the Silver Crossings.’
    • ‘After this the path veers right, away from the river.’
    • ‘The island was directly in the path of the hurricane which devastated neighbouring Grenada, but was spared at the last minute when it suddenly veered off course.’
    • ‘Powell, 20, was giving two girls a lift home when he drove too fast on a bend and suddenly veered across the road.’
    • ‘Early reports suggest he was running down Bradshawgate when he suddenly veered into the road into the path of the police vehicle, which had its blue lights flashing and siren wailing.’
    • ‘But at the launch an on-board computer cut the rocket's engines when a first-stage rocket failed, causing it to veer off course.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the helicopter veered from its course and started climbing.’
    • ‘Suddenly something went wrong with her steering, and she veered sharply into the path of one of the convoy's escort trawlers.’
    • ‘Dusk was gathering over the North Sligo landscape as the plane veered off course from its intended flight to Derry.’
    • ‘We were on a boat tour when the captain dramatically veered off course, frantically talking on his cell phone.’
    swerve, career, skew, swing, sheer, weave, wheel
    change direction, change course, go off course, deviate, be deflected, diverge
    branch off, curve, twist, bend, curl, incline, swivel, zigzag
    tack
    divagate
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    1. 1.1 Suddenly change an opinion, subject, type of behaviour, etc.:
      ‘the conversation eventually veered away from theatrical things’
      • ‘Eyes everywhere watched me, conversations hesitating, veering off in new directions as Mai and I entered.’
      • ‘When questioning veers anywhere near these subjects he makes it clear he's fed up of talking about it.’
      • ‘Althoff's paintings are eerily beautiful, displaying delicate mastery of line, color and form, while their subjects veer toward the strange and macabre.’
      • ‘His mood could change in an instant and he would keep veering off the topic of conversation, forgetting what they had been talking about.’
      • ‘Packard's tone sometimes veers toward the self-congratulatory, but in this case, it somehow seems justified.’
      • ‘They veer away from discussion, change the subject, or even ask openly if we can stop talking about whatever-it-is because it makes them too uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Her opinions, too, arguably veer from the eminently sensible to the inexplicable.’
      • ‘This conversation was veering off the original topic, and onto the one Lauren was afraid it would come to.’
      • ‘Occasionally Chef Wan veers off the subject of food altogether and breaks into a rant on, say, family values.’
      • ‘He would shout things out excitedly, or suddenly veer off the subject, or even run forward and violently shake a bored student.’
      • ‘Her Scottish accent is absolutely terrible, veering alarmingly between Australian, Irish and Robin Williams in Mrs Doubtfire.’
      • ‘Shane veered the subject off course and Andrew felt a rush of gratitude.’
      • ‘It veers from Northern to Southern often within the same sentence.’
      • ‘Charlie veered away from that topic of conversation, not feeling the need to talk about it anymore.’
      • ‘The conversation veered towards language and accents.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the cast, Justin Theroux plays Drew Barrymore's old boyfriend: an Irish gangster with an accent veering wildly from Glasgow to Dublin via Los Angeles.’
      • ‘In later years Dave's politics veered in an anarchist direction.’
      • ‘With no end in sight, Li veers between optimism and despair.’
      • ‘The weather changes every five minutes, veering from sunshine to blizzards and back.’
      • ‘In the show - running at the Tamarind Theatre in Los Angeles - Key veers from humor to tears to outrage in the blink of an eye.’
    2. 1.2 (of the wind) change direction clockwise around the points of the compass:
      ‘the wind veered a point’
      The opposite of back
      • ‘As we arrived at the river, the cold easterly gale had veered to a light westerly breeze with a touch of warmth in it, perfect for river trouting.’
      • ‘At this stage it looks like we'll just get gale force winds tonight (unless it veers to the south), but nothing too destructive.’
      • ‘At sunset, the wind freshened and veered to the north.’
      • ‘The race began in a fresh south-westerly wind, which soon veered to the west and then swung round to the north before virtually dying away altogether.’
      • ‘The wind veers far enough to the east to take the boat along the north coast to Islas Margaritas, a pair of vertical rocky islands with a natural arch big enough to take the boat through sideways.’

noun

  • 1A sudden change of direction.

    • ‘What had seemed at the time like an unexpected veer off into uncharted territory ultimately proved to be an anomaly as Henson returned to much safer and more familiar ground in subsequent series.’
    • ‘In particular, Sword wants to discover what triggers the insects' specific movements - a sudden veer or turn or an increase in speed, for example.’
  • 2American Football
    An offensive play using a modified T-formation with a split backfield, which allows the quarterback the option of passing to the fullback, pitching to a running back, or running with the ball.

    • ‘The veer offensive requires the quarterback to make the decision to run or hand off the ball even faster.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French virer, perhaps from an alteration of Latin gyrare (see gyrate).

Pronunciation:

veer

/vɪə/

Main definitions of veer in English

: veer1veer2

veer2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Nautical
dated
  • Slacken or let out (a rope or cable) in a controlled way.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch vieren.

Pronunciation:

veer

/vɪə/