(verb) shift to a clockwise direction; “the wind veered”

swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut

(verb) turn sharply; change direction abruptly; “The car cut to the left at the intersection”; “The motorbike veered to the right”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


veer (third-person singular simple present veers, present participle veering, simple past and past participle veered)

(obsolete, nautical) To let out (a sail-line), to allow (a sheet) to run out.

Etymology 2


veer (plural veers)

A turn or swerve; an instance of veering.


veer (third-person singular simple present veers, present participle veering, simple past and past participle veered)

(intransitive) To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve.

(intransitive, of the wind) To shift in a clockwise direction (if in the Northern Hemisphere, or in a counterclockwise direction if in the Southern Hemisphere).

(intransitive, nautical, of the wind) To shift aft.

(intransitive, nautical) To change direction into the wind; to wear ship.

(transitive) To turn.


• (of the wind, to shift clockwise): back

• (of the wind, to shift aft): haul forward


• Vere, ever

Source: Wiktionary

Veer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Veered; p. pr. & vb. n. Veering.] Etym: [F. virer (cf. Sp. virar, birar), LL. virare; perhaps fr. L. vibrare to brandish, vibrate (cf. Vibrate); or cf. L. viriae armlets, bracelets, viriola a little bracelet (cf. Ferrule). Cf. Environ.]

Definition: To change direction; to turn; to shift; as, wind veers to the west or north. "His veering gait." Wordsworth. And as he leads, the following navy veers. Dryden. an ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about. Burke. To veer and haul (Naut.), to vary the course or direction; -- said of the wind, which veers aft and hauls forward. The wind is also said to veer when it shifts with the sun.

Veer, v. t.

Definition: To direct to a different course; to turn; to wear; as, to veer, or wear, a vessel. To veer and haul (Naut.), to pull tight and slacken alternately. Totten.

– To veer away or out (Naut.), to let out; to slacken and let run; to pay out; as, to veer away the cable; to veer out a rope.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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