verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Change direction suddenly: an oil tanker that had veered off courseMore example sentences
- The island was directly in the path of the hurricane which devastated neighbouring Grenada, but was spared at the last minute when it suddenly veered off course.
- One can veer off the main paths into gorgeous, overgrown woodland areas.
- They were unaware that the jet had suddenly and inexplicably veered off course.
- 1.1Suddenly change an opinion, subject, type of behaviour, etc.: the conversation eventually veered away from theatrical thingsMore example sentences
- He would shout things out excitedly, or suddenly veer off the subject, or even run forward and violently shake a bored student.
- The conversation veered towards language and accents.
- Occasionally Chef Wan veers off the subject of food altogether and breaks into a rant on, say, family values.
- 1.2(Of the wind) change direction clockwise around the points of the compass: the wind veered a point The opposite of back.More example sentences
- As we arrived at the river, the cold easterly gale had veered to a light westerly breeze with a touch of warmth in it, perfect for river trouting.
- The wind veers far enough to the east to take the boat along the north coast to Islas Margaritas, a pair of vertical rocky islands with a natural arch big enough to take the boat through sideways.
- At sunset, the wind freshened and veered to the north.
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- 1A sudden change of direction.More example sentences
- In particular, Sword wants to discover what triggers the insects' specific movements - a sudden veer or turn or an increase in speed, for example.
- What had seemed at the time like an unexpected veer off into uncharted territory ultimately proved to be an anomaly as Henson returned to much safer and more familiar ground in subsequent series.
- 2 American Football An offensive play using a modified T-formation with a split backfield, which allows the quarterback the option of passing to the fullback, pitching to a running back, or running with the ball.More example sentences
- The veer offensive requires the quarterback to make the decision to run or hand off the ball even faster.
late 16th century: from French virer, perhaps from an alteration of Latin gyrare (see gyrate).