veer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v veer shift to a clockwise direction "the wind veered"
    • v veer turn sharply; change direction abruptly "The car cut to the left at the intersection","The motorbike veered to the right"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Veer To change direction; to turn; to shift; as, wind veers to the west or north. "His veering gait.""And as he leads, the following navy veers .""an ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about."
    • v. t Veer To direct to a different course; to turn; to wear; as, to veer, or wear, a vessel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • veer To turn; specifically, to alter the course of a ship, by turning her head round away from the wind; wear.
    • veer To shift or change direction: as, the wind veers to the north; specifically, in meteorology, with respect to the wind, to shift in the same direction as the course of the sun—as, in the northern hemisphere, from east by way of south to west.
    • veer To turn round; vary; be otherwise minded: said of persons, feelings, intentions, etc. See also veering.
    • veer To turn; shift.
    • veer Nautical, to change the course of by turning the stern to windward; lay on a different tack by turning the vessel's head away from the wind; wear: as, to veer ship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Veer vēr to change direction, as the wind: to alter, of the course of a ship: to change one's mind
    • v.t Veer to turn, shift: to change a ship's course by turning her head away from the wind
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Quotations

  • John Bright
    John Bright
    “Popular applause veers with the wind.”
  • Shelley Winters
    Shelley Winters
    “Now that I'm over sixty I'm veering toward respectability.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

The gale continued all this day, and till two the next morning, when it fell, and began to veer to the southward and S.W.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 13" by Robert Kerr
At four o'clock the wind veered, at once, to S. by E., and blew in squalls attended with rain.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
She veered slightly to port.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
When she heard the circular read, the wind veered from another quarter altogether.
"That Old-Time Child, Roberta" by Sophie Fox Sea
The ship commenced to veer off into the path of the cyclone.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
The church, which is visible from all parts of the island, is immense, in itself an indication of what a city Veere must have been.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
Wolferd van Borselen, lord of Veere, was appointed Stadholder.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The movement of conscience has veered; the centre of gravity lies in another part of the character.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Clearer thinking showed us that it was the ship which was veering round, and not the shore.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
It had pleased her suddenly to veer around and resume the play; and far be it from him to balk her.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
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In poetry:

Hark! how the merry bells ring jocund round,
And now they die upon the veering breeze
Anon they thunder loud
Full on the musing ear.
"On Whit-Monday" by Henry Kirke White
I love my hour of wind and light,
I love men's faces and their eyes,
I love my spirit's veering flight
Like swallows under evening skies.
"Swallow Flight" by Sara Teasdale
Another, coming, cries ``Behold
The aspect of a veering will!
The Gods are weak, the Gods are old''—
Fools! you are older, weaker still.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
And days and years are all forgot
When Nature's aspect, growth, and grace,
And veering moods, to me were not
The features of the Loved One's face.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
From object to object still, still would she veer,
Though nothing, alas, could she find;
Like the moon, without atmosphere, brilliant and clear,
Yet doom'd, like the moon, with no being to cheer
The bright barren waste of her mind.
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston
I will choose what clouds I like
In the great white fleets that wander the blue
As I lie on my back or loaf at the rail.
And I will listen as the veering winds kiss me and fold me
And put on my brow the touch of the world's great will.
"Waiting" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

Forest creature dreams veer too close to reality.
Veer Lofts Owners Association Files Construction Defect Suit Against Developer.
'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Sons of Anarchy' veer off course.
Top Floor, 2 Story Unit at Veer Lofts.
For those of you loft lovers, check out this new listing at Veer .
The Veer Union via Facebook.
Chevelle Facebook / The Veer Union Facebook.
Today we have Prospect Hill as our returning champs and they'll take on Veer Union.
Tropitone launches cast Veer Collection.
The HP Veer 4G, a mini Palm Pre of sorts, will begin selling on the AT&T network for $100 as of May 15.
HP Veer 4G Smartphone Coming May 15 Only to ATandT.
Hewlett Packard's first WebOS smartphone is set to hit the market May 15 when AT&T begins selling the HP Veer 4G.
The Black Keys certainly had reason to veer from their trademark raucous blues sludge Saturday night in New York City.
The Veer Union vs Otherwise – Cage Match.
Storm Veers West, But RNC Not ' Out of the Woods .
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In science:

Below that scale, the renormalization flow veers to wards the IRFP of Eq. (5), with the characteristic exponent ψ = 1/2k .
Random Antiferromagnetic SU(N) Spin Chains
It should be emphasized that the coalescence is not a consequence of energy loss but just that these chaotic orbits happen to veer too close at some stage and merge.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
In this section, we discuss the relationship between our invariant and right-veering braids.
On the equivalence of Legendrian and transverse invariants in knot Floer homology
The lemma below follows easily from the discussion in Subsection 2.5; one simply observes that conjugation does not affect right-veering-ness.
On the equivalence of Legendrian and transverse invariants in knot Floer homology
Lemma 4.1. A pointed open book encoding the braid K is right-veering if and only if all pointed open books encoding K are right-veering.
On the equivalence of Legendrian and transverse invariants in knot Floer homology
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