• WordNet 3.6
    • v swerve turn sharply; change direction abruptly "The car cut to the left at the intersection","The motorbike veered to the right"
    • n swerve the act of turning aside suddenly
    • n swerve an erratic deflection from an intended course
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swerve To bend; to incline. "The battle swerved ."
    • Swerve To climb or move upward by winding or turning. "The tree was high;
      Yet nimbly up from bough to bough I swerved ."
    • Swerve To go out of a straight line; to deflect. "The point [of the sword swerved ."
    • Swerve To stray; to wander; to rope. "A maid thitherward did run,
      To catch her sparrow which from her did swerve ."
    • v. t Swerve To turn aside. "O, how are they wrapped in with infamies
      That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes!"
      "The redcross knight diverst , but forth rode Britomart."
    • Swerve To wander from any line prescribed, or from a rule or duty; to depart from what is established by law, duty, custom, or the like; to deviate. "I swerve not from thy commandments.""They swerve from the strict letter of the law.""Many who, through the contagion of evil example, swerve exceedingly from the rules of their holy religion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swerve To turn aside suddenly or quickly; turn suddenly aside from the direct course or aim: used of both physical and moral action.
    • swerve To wander; rove; stray; roam; ramble.
    • swerve To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
    • swerve To turn aside; cause to change in course.
    • n swerve A turning aside.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Swerve swėrv to turn, depart from any line, duty, or custom: to incline: to rove, wander
    • n Swerve an act of swerving
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  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. swerven, AS. sweorfan, to wipe off, to file, to polish; akin to OFries. swerva, to creep, D. zwerven, to swerve, to rope, OS. swerban, to wipe off, MHG. swerben, to be whirled, OHG. swerban, to wipe off, Icel. sverfa, to file, Goth. swaírban,in comp.) to wipe, and perhaps to E. swarm,. Cf. Swarm


In literature:

We had to swerve to clear her.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
When I resolved that it would be better for us both that we should be only friends, I did not swerve.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
To right, to left, I swerved, the last blind rushes of the fugitive man.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The pitiless stream never swerved.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Joe saw the major and swerved over to him.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
From behind came two sharp explosions, and looking back, he saw the other motorcycle swerve and fall.
"The Belgians to the Front" by Colonel James Fiske
She saw it when she was too close to swerve.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Purposefully he had set his feet into the path he meant to follow without swerving.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
It was a big limousine, and its driver swerved perilously in avoiding Smith and nearly ran into me.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
When the hour of fight came there was no swerving.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst

In poetry:

Enough that blessings undeserved
Have marked my erring track;
That wheresoe'er my feet have swerved,
His chastening turned me back;
"My Psalm" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How shall I follow Him I serve?
How shall I copy Him I love?
Not from the blessèd footsteps swerve,
Which lead me to His seat above?
"How shall I follow Him I serve?" by Josiah Conder
I hold it as a changeless law,
From which no soul can sway or swerve,
We have that in us which will draw
Whate'er we need or most deserve.
"A Gentleman" by Horatius Bonar
Broad as the Master whom he served,
And tolerant as the summer air;
The pity that nor failed nor swerved
Was with him, and was always there.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
Then,—-if my heart's strength serve,
And through all and each
Of the veils I reach
To her soul and never swerve,
Knitting an iron nerve—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
The work is done,' grown old he thought,
"According to my boyish plan;
Let the fools rage, I swerved in naught,
Something to perfection brought';
But louder sang that ghost, "What then?'\
"What Then?" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

According to the report, she swerved across the yellow lines before turning onto Industrial Road.
The 37-year-old plaintiff was driving his motorcycle when the defendant, who was operating a company-owned Lexus, swerved into his lane and caused him to crash into the side of the car.
Sheriff's Patrol stopped Vincent J Leone, 30, of Suffern, NY Sunday May 29, 2011 on State Route 17B in the Town of Bethel because the rental vehicle he was driving swerved .
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Cluver at the scene, the driver of the car attempted to avoid debris that had fallen off a tractor trailer driving ahead of the vehicle, and the driver swerved off the road and rolled.
Driver rolls car after swerving to avoid debris on Interstate 70.
McCain Driving Debate, But Some Fear Swerving .
Other people like Kelly Osbourne may slam Christina Aguilera for adding swerve to her curves, but the singer is happy with her fuller figure.
A 17-year-old boy died this morning when he lost control of the car he was driving, swerved across a road in Blacklick, Cambria County, and eventually flipped the car.
Police said Alice Jenkins, 26, Lebanon, was southbound when her vehicle struck the jersey barrier after swerving to avoid another vehicle.
The accident happened about 11 am on the Yakima Valley Highway after a driver swerved to avoid hitting animals in the roadway.
Television station KXXV in Waco, Texas, reported that Darling 's truck apparently began to swerve shortly before 1 am, and he tried to adjust but lost control.
It was a close call for a Wichita police officer who crashed her patrol car after swerving to miss hitting a dead deer left in the roadway.
Equestrian Injured By Swerving Car Awarded $268,000.
Sheriff's officials say the caller stated a Chevy Silverado pickup was swerving all over the road on I-94 near Freeport.
Witnesses told police it looked like the SUV's driver swerved to avoid the motorcycle and hit the man.

In science:

The essence of our argument is that swerves, a hypothetical effect on particle propagation in causal set theory , can mimic a signal of LV in time of flight or threshold astrophysics experiments where the expected flux of incoming high energy particles is very low.
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry
In time of flight experiments with large fluxes, swerves aren’t a problem.
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry
Therefore to conclusively ascribe a time delay to a LV dispersion as in (9) we need to make sure the same delay cannot be due to swerves.
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry
There is no intrinsic size to the LV term in (13) and depending on how accurate a LV time of flight measurement is, it could theoretically also probe swerves.
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry
Any significant time delay must be greater than this value and hence there is a lower limit on a meaningful ∆t (swerve or LV induced).
Causal sets and conservation laws in tests of Lorentz symmetry