veer

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch vieren (to slacken).

Verb[edit]

veer (third-person singular simple present veers, present participle veering, simple 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.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French virer.

Noun[edit]

veer (plural veers)

  1. A turn or swerve; an instance of veering.
Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

veer (third-person singular simple present veers, present participle veering, simple 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Dryden:
      And as he leads, the following navy veers.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Burke:
      An ordinary community which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times:
      At this time in 2008, even as the global economy veered toward collapse, optimism about Washington ran surprisingly high.
  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).[1]
  3. (intransitive, nautical, of the wind) To shift aft.[1]
  4. (intransitive, nautical) To change direction into the wind; to wear ship.
  5. (transitive) To turn.
Antonyms[edit]
  • (of the wind, to shift clockwise): back
  • (of the wind, to shift aft): haul forward
Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bowditch 2002

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A contraction of veder, from Middle Dutch vedere, from Old Dutch fethara, from Proto-Germanic *feþrō, from Proto-Indo-European *péth₂r̥ ~ pth₂én- (feather, wing), from *peth₂- (to fly). Compare Low German Fedder, German Feder, West Frisian fear, English feather, Danish fjer, Swedish fjäder. The sense "spring" is derived from the ability of feathers to resume their shape when bent.

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Noun[edit]

veer c (plural veren, diminutive veertje n)

  1. feather
  2. spring (e.g. metallic helix which resists stress)
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Verb[edit]

veer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of veren
  2. imperative of veren

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch vere, from Old Dutch feri, from Proto-Germanic *farją. Derived from the verb Old Dutch *ferien (to ferry), from Proto-Germanic *farjaną. Compare German Fähre.

Noun[edit]

veer n (plural veren, diminutive veertje n)

  1. ferry
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Dutch Low Saxon[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately cognate to German vier.

Numeral[edit]

veer

  1. four (4)

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *veeri.

Noun[edit]

veer (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

  1. edge

Declension[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


German Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately cognate to German vier, English four.

Numeral[edit]

veer

  1. (in some dialects, including Low Prussian) four (4)

See also[edit]

  • Plautdietsch: veea

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

veer

  1. Alternative form of vëoir

Old Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vidēre, present active infinitive of videō, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to know; see).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

veer

  1. to see

Descendants[edit]

  • Galician: ver
  • Portuguese: ver