swerve

The noun swerve means a sudden turn off your path. As a verb, it means to move off your original route, possibly to avoid a collision. You can swerve either toward something or away from it.

The word swerve can be traced to the Old English sweorfan, "to turn aside," which is precisely the modern sense. It was first used as a verb in the 13th century and as a noun in the 18th. Swerve refers to a sudden veering off, perhaps not as sharp as a turn, but more a bending of your path. Think of the trajectory as an arc or curve, and remember that swerve rhymes with curve.

Definitions of swerve
1

v turn sharply; change direction abruptly

Synonyms:
curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, trend, veer
Types:
peel off
leave a formation
yaw
swerve off course momentarily
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

n the act of turning aside suddenly

Synonyms:
swerving, veering
Type of:
turn, turning
the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

n an erratic deflection from an intended course

Synonyms:
yaw
Type of:
turn, turning
a movement in a new direction

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