over·​steer ˈō-vər-ˌstir How to pronounce oversteer (audio)
: 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 Attending a program like Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, which has courses at locations all over the United States, will help introduce students to burnouts and the importance of tire temperatures, line lock, and transmission braking, as well as how to handle oversteer and skids. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2024 Shaun is running wide of the racing line and working hard to stop the car from snapping into oversteer. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 Impressive acceleration is easy in an electric vehicle, though: Where the electric Macan Turbo really impressed was through the corners, changing direction crisply, gripping hard past the apex, and allowing power oversteer on demand at corner exit. Angus MacKenzie, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2023 The German engineers have given the GLI a handling balance that suits their driving tastes, and the result is that a bit of lift-throttle oversteer occasionally sneaks into the picture. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 15 Mar. 2023 Indeed, with the help of the Pirellis, the SE generated an impressive 0.82 g on the skidpad, balanced on the fine edge of oversteer. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 Throw everything toward the bow, and the 5 N acts just like a front-wheel-drive car would on the ice—terminal understeer with bouts of liftoff oversteer. Andrew Krok, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2023 Torque is again focused to the rear, but the electronics are tuned to nearly eliminate dreaded understeer and twitchy oversteer for the fastest possible velocity around a corner. Michael Harley, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Foot to the floor acceleration through the curve and slalom resulted in just smooth, neutral handling with no oversteer or understeer and no jerking of the car around as the brakes shifted from side to side. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversteer was in 1936

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“Oversteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversteer. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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