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.

And as he leads, the following navy veers. Dryden.

an ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about. Burke.

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.

 

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Veer, v. t.

To direct to a different course; to turn; to wear; as, to veer, or wear, a vessel.

To veer and haul Naut., to pull tight and slacken alternately. Totten. -- To veer awayout Naut., to let out; to slacken and let run; to pay out; as, to veer away the cable; to veer out a rope.

 

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