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Definitions of swerve

  1. To turn aside; to deviate from any line prescribed or rule of duty; to incline or bend; to climb or move forward by winding. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To turn aside from any line, course, or rule. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To turn aside. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To deviate; incline; turn aside. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To turn, depart from any line, duty, or custom: to incline. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To stray; to wander; to rope. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To go out of a straight line; to deflect. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To climb or move upward by winding or turning. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. To wander from; to rove; to deviate; to bend; to incline. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. A turning aside suddenly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for swerve

  1. Before the frightened donkey could swerve Tony had seized him- by the tail- and had braced himself against a boulder. – Jerry by Jean Webster
  2. " No, no," he said to Beverley, " I would do anything in the world for you, Fitz, except to swerve an inch from duty to my country and the defenceless people down yonder in Kentucky, I can't do it. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
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