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. verb
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    synonyms: curve, cut, sheer, slew, slue, trend, veer
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    peel off
    leave a formation
    swerve off course momentarily
    type of:
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  2. noun
    the act of turning aside suddenly
    synonyms: swerving, veering
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    type of:
    turn, turning
    the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  3. noun
    an erratic deflection from an intended course
    synonyms: yaw
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    type of:
    turn, turning
    a movement in a new direction
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