• (Australia, RP) IPA: /vɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /vɪ(ə)ɹ/

veer (veers, present participle veering; past and past participle veered)

  1. (obsolete, nautical) To let out (a sail-line), to allow (a sheet) to run out.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, volume 12:
      As when a skilfull Marriner doth reed / A storme approching, that doth perill threat, / He will not bide the daunger of such dread, / But strikes his sayles, and vereth his mainsheat, / And lends vnto it leaue the emptie ayre to beat.

veer (plural veers)

  1. A turn or swerve; an instance of veering.
    • 1917, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
      […] there is always a sudden, though small rise in the barometer, and a sudden drop of temperature of several degrees, sometimes as much as ten or fifteen degrees; there is also a sudden veer in the wind direction.
  • Russian: поворо́т

veer (veers, present participle veering; past and past participle veered)

  1. (intransitive) To change direction or course suddenly; to swerve.
    The car slid on the ice and veered out of control.
    • , Dryden:
      And as he leads, the following navy veers.
    • , Burke:
      An ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about.
  2. (intransitive, of the wind) To shift in a clockwise direction (if in the Northern Hemisphere, or in a counterclockwise direction if in the Southern Hemisphere).
  3. (intransitive, nautical, of the wind) To shift aft.
  4. (intransitive, nautical) To change direction into the wind; to wear#Verb|wear ship.
  5. (transitive) To turn.
  • (of the wind, to shift clockwise) back
  • (of the wind, to shift aft) haul forward
  • German: ausscheren
  • French: tourner
  • Portuguese: virar
  • Russian: меня́ть курс
  • Spanish: virar
  • German: rechtdrehen

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