verb \ˈvir\

Definition of VEER

transitive verb
:  to let out (as a rope)

Origin of VEER

Middle English veren, of Low German or Dutch origin; akin to Middle Dutch vieren to slacken, Middle Low German vīren
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of VEER

intransitive verb
:  to change direction or course <the economy veered sharply downward>
of the wind :  to shift in a clockwise direction — compare back
of a ship :  to change course by turning the stern to the wind
transitive verb
:  to direct to a different course; specifically :  wear 7
veer·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of VEER

Middle English veren, from Middle French virer, from Old French, to throw with a twisting motion, from Vulgar Latin *virare, alteration of Latin vibrare to wave, propel suddenly — more at vibrate
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of VEER

:  a change in course or direction <a veer to the right>

First Known Use of VEER

circa 1611


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