What does swerve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swerve, swerving, veeringnoun

    the act of turning aside suddenly

  2. yaw, swerveverb

    an erratic deflection from an intended course

  3. swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cutverb

    turn sharply; change direction abruptly

    "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"


  1. swerveverb

    To stray; to wander; to rope.

  2. swerveverb

    To go out of a straight line; to deflect.

  3. swerveverb

    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.

  4. swerveverb

    To bend; to incline.

  5. swerveverb

    To climb or move upward by winding or turning.

  6. swerveverb

    To turn aside or deviate to avoid impact.

  7. swerveverb

    of a projectile, to travel in a curved line

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Swerveverb

    Etymology: swerven, Saxon and Dutch.

    A maid thitherward did run,
    To catch her sparrow which from her did swerve. Philip Sidney.

    The swerving vines on the tall elms prevail,
    Unhurt by southern show’rs or northern hail. Dryden.

    That which angels do clearly behold, and without any swerving observe, is a law celestial and heavenly. Richard Hooker.

    Howsoever these swervings are now and then incident into the course of nature, nevertheless so constantly the laws of nature are by natural agents observed, that no man denieth; but those things which nature worketh are wrought either always, or for the most part after one and the same manner. Richard Hooker.

    The ungodly have laid a snare for me; but yet I swerve not from thy commandments. Common Prayer.

    Were I crown’d the most imperial monarch,
    Thereof most worthy, were I the fairest youth
    That ever made the eye swerve,
    I would not prize them without her love. William Shakespeare.

    There is a protection very just which princes owe to their servants, when, in obedience to their just commands, upon extraordinary occasions, in the execution of their trusts, they swerve from the strict letter of the law. Edward Hyde.

    Till then his majesty had not in the least swerved from that act of parliament. Edward Hyde.

    Annihilation in the course of nature, defect and swerving in the creature without the sin of man would immediately follow. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve. John Milton.

    Many who, through the contagion of ill example, swerve exceedingly from the rules of their holy faith, yet would upon such an extraordinary warning be brought to comply with them. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Now their mightiest quell’d, the battle swerv’d
    With many an inroad gor’d. John Milton.

    Ten wildings have I gather’d for my dear,
    Upon the topmost branch, the tree was high,
    Yet nimbly up from bough to bough I swerv’d. Dryden.

    She fled, returning by the way she went,
    And swerv’d along her bow with swift ascent. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swerveverb

    to stray; to wander; to rope

  2. Swerveverb

    to go out of a straight line; to deflect

  3. Swerveverb

    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

  4. Swerveverb

    to bend; to incline

  5. Swerveverb

    to climb or move upward by winding or turning

  6. Swerveverb

    to turn aside

  7. Etymology: [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. swarban (in comp.) to wipe, and perhaps to E. swarm. Cf. Swarm.]


  1. Swerve

    Swerve, by the Coca-Cola Company, was a flavored and vitamin-fortified dairy drink introduced in 2003. It contained 51% skim milk, was sweetened by a blend of sugar and sucralose, and provided 30% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamins A, C & D and Calcium. It was available in three flavors: a vanilla-banana flavor called Vanana, a blueberry-strawberry flavor called Blooo, and a Chocolate Drink flavor. It was most often found in school cafeterias. Despite its eventual marketing as a children's beverage, Swerve was initially designed for the alcopop market, designed to be an alternative to Smirnoff Ice in warm-weather climates where dairy consumption was traditionally high. The first version of Swerve contained L. acidophilus cultures and 8.5% abv. The name "swerve" was suggested for its use in professional wrestling where the predetermined outcome of an event is changed by the booker without the knowledge of the participants. The original formulation, called "Original Yogurt Blast Swerve" contained all the great taste of plain yogurt with the alcoholic kick of a high gravity lager. This version of swerve was first packaged in 12 ounce and 16 ounce cans, as well as quart-sized bottles. The consistency of the beverage was described by Harper's Weekly as "not unlike a homemade alcoholic Go-Gurt."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swerve

    swėrv, v.i. to turn, depart from any line, duty, or custom: to incline: to rove, wander.—n. an act of swerving.—adj. Swerve′less, that does not swerve.—n. Swerv′er, one who swerves. [A.S. sweorfan; Dut. zwerven.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swerve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swerve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of swerve in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Tusser:

    For the first fourteen years for a rod they do whine, For the next as a pearl in the world they do shine, For the next trim beauty beginneth to swerve, For the next matrons or drudges they serve, For the next doth crave a staff for a stay, For the next a bier to fetch them away.

  2. Eric Sanders:

    It’s an excellent charge. It’s going to stick in court, you cannot run bikes off the road. You cannot swerve toward them. You definitely cannot hit them and get away with it.

  3. Eric Sanders:

    You cannot run bikes off the road. You cannot swerve toward them. You definitely cannot hit them and get away with it.

  4. Later Froome:

    I lost my balance a little bit and swerved to the right. Aru happened to be on my right and he had to swerve as well. Any suggestion that it was on purpose is just crazy.

  5. Kevin Costello:

    Two detectives opined that this was an intentional act, that the vehicle seemedto swerve intoindividuals, actually at one point tried to avoid other vehicles, i have not seenanything like this in my very long career. Itseems to be a very strong case for the state.

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  • virajeSpanish
  • kotiti, tataha, peroriMāori
  • zwervenDutch
  • отклоня́ться, поверну́ть, уклоня́ться, отклони́ться, отходи́ть, сверну́ть, блужда́ть, согну́ться, повора́чивать, уклони́ться, свора́чивать, преступа́ть, сгиба́тьсяRussian
  • väjaSwedish

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