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Meaning of veer

veer

Pronunciation: (vēr), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to change direction or turn about or aside; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination, etc., to another: The speaker kept veering from his main topic. The car veered off the road.
  2. (of the wind)
    1. to change direction clockwise (opposed to back).
    2. Naut.to shift to a direction more nearly astern (opposed to haul).
—v.t.
  1. to alter the direction or course of; turn.
  2. to turn (a vessel) away from the wind; wear.
—n.
  1. a change of direction, position, course, etc.: a sudden veer in a different direction.

veer

Pronunciation: (vēr), [key]
— v.t. Naut.
  1. to slacken or let out: to veer chain.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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