Veer Veer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Veered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Veering}.] [F. virer (cf. Sp. virar, birar), LL. virare; perhaps fr. L. vibrare to brandish, vibrate (cf. {Vibrate}); or cf. L. viriae armlets, bracelets, viriola a little bracelet (cf. {Ferrule}). Cf. {Environ}.] To change direction; to turn; to shift; as, wind veers to the west or north. ``His veering gait.'' --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

And as he leads, the following navy veers. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

an ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

{To veer and haul} (Naut.), to vary the course or direction; -- said of the wind, which veers aft and hauls forward. The wind is also said to veer when it shifts with the sun. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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