over·​steer | \ ˈō-vər-ˌstir How to pronounce oversteer (audio) \

Definition of oversteer

: the tendency of an automobile to steer into a sharper turn than the driver intends sometimes with a thrusting of the rear to the outside also : the action or an instance of oversteer

Examples of oversteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without it, power-on oversteer is a danger on anything slicker than bone-dry asphalt. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Buick Roadmaster Gains Real Firepower," 6 Aug. 2020 Better yet, Lexus's coupe gladly hangs out its tail to display the balanced power oversteer of a potent rear-drive machine. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Lexus SC400 Rewrites the Sport Coupe Formula," 26 June 2020 Power oversteer is now pretty much out of the question, but that isn't entirely a bad thing. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Toyota 86 GT Will Make You a Better Driver," 19 June 2020 Using its proprietary fun calculator, Lamborghini says oversteer is up 30 percent versus the LP580-2, which had overloaded our expert butt sensors in 2016. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo, Now with 30 Percent More Oversteer," 4 Jan. 2020 The driver sits more or less at the polar center, so the car rotates about its center axis from what's effectively the driver's position, equalizing any yaw effects of understeer or oversteer and increasing the feeling of connectedness. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "The mid-engined Corvette was 60 years in the making—now we’ve driven it," 25 Feb. 2020 My goal was simple: master a vehicle's understeer and oversteer and gain the confidence to drive in treacherous conditions. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "What I learned about driving on ice near the Arctic Circle," 15 Feb. 2020 Lift-throttle oversteer was much on everyone's minds. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "20 Things You Didn't Know About The 2020 Corvette," 19 July 2019 The result was that the car tended to oversteer (tail-wag) if the correct tire pressures of 15 psi front and 26 psi rear weren’t observed, but the oversteering situation was considered minimal and not dangerous. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, "Me & My Car: ’62 Corvair convertible hadn’t moved in 13 years," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of oversteer

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Oversteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversteer. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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