Swerve definition

swûrv
To turn aside or be turned aside from a straight path or established pattern.
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The act of swerving.
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To turn aside or cause to turn aside sharply or suddenly from a straight line, course, etc.
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The act or degree of swerving.
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To go out of a straight line; to deflect.
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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.
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To bend; to incline.
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To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
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To turn aside or deviate to avoid impact.
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To stray; to wander; to rove.
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Of a projectile, to travel in a curved line.
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To swerve is to change directions suddenly or to cause to change directions suddenly.

When a deer runs in front of your car and you rapidly turn the wheel to avoid hitting it, this is an example of when you swerve the car and an example of when the car swerves.

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Origin of swerve

  • Middle English swerven from Old English sweorfan to rub, scour

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English sweorfan, compare Dutch zwerven.

    From Wiktionary