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Definition of the noun swerve

What does swerve mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: swerves

  1. the act of turning aside suddenly
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of swerve: swerving / veering
    • more generic words: turn / turning = the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
  2. an erratic deflection from an intended course
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of swerve: yaw
    • more generic words: turn / turning = a movement in a new direction

Definition of the verb swerve

What does swerve mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: swerved | swerving | swerves

  1. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of swerve: curve / cut / sheer / slew / slue / trend / veer
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
      • peel off = leave a formation
      • yaw = swerve off course momentarily

Alternative definition of the verb swerve


  1. To stray; to wander; to rope.
  2. To go out of a straight line; to deflect.
  3. 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. To bend; to incline.
  5. To climb or move upward by winding or turning.
  6. To turn aside or deviate to avoid impact.
  7. of a projectile, to travel in a curved line


Swerve was a flavored and vitamin-fortified dairy drink introduced in 2003 by The Coca-Cola Company. 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.


Swerve is the name given to several fictional characters in the Transformers universes. Swerve is always depicted as an Autobot land vehicle with red color. Up until 2008, there has never been a Transformer named Swerve with his own original mold - he has only been a repaint or remold from someone else but the running theme of him being red in color continues. The only original Transformer figure given the name Swerve was a Chevrolet Aveo given away as a promotional item for General Motors.


"Swerve" is a book by Sheri-D Wilson.


  1. "Swerve" is a 2011 crime drama thriller film written and directed by Craig Lahiff.
  2. "Swerve" is a 2009 short crime fiction film written and directed by Brendan Gabriel Murphy.
  3. "Swerve" is a 1995 short film directed by Marcus Gale.
    • also known as Ausgetrickst
    • country: Australia
    • language: English Language
    • released in (20 years ago)


  1. "Swerve" is a musical album of Giant Sand.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  2. "Swerve" is a musical single of Kid Scientific.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  3. "Swerve" is a musical album of The Holloway Brothers.
  4. "Swerve" is a musical album of Fresh Moods.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  5. "Swerve" is a musical album of Annie Gallup.
  6. "Swerve" is a musical EP of Marble Guitar Case.


Swerve is a production company.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Swerve

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Google previewEpicurus on Freedom (2005)

by Tim O'Keefe

The swerve is a random motion, whereas connate breath is an element that Aristotle uses in various places to explain some of the capacities that animals have, such as sensation.30 The obvious analog to this in Epicurus is the mysterious ...

Google previewWhy Does College Cost So Much? (2010)

by Robert B. Archibald, David H. Feldman

The first person to swerve is a chicken. The important twist here is that in this version of the game, each driver retains control over the car. In the game between Congress and the higher education lobby, Congress would like colleges to control ...

Google previewFreedom of Choice (1987)

by Yves R. Simon, Yves René Marie Simon

But the Epicurean swerve is a thing contingent in an absolute sense. It springs from nowhere and holds natural necessity in check.9 With regard to the theory of freedom, Epicureanism enjoys a unique significance inasmuch as it places the ...

Google previewVisual Media and Culture of ‘Occupy’ (2014)

by Pamela Odih

Commencing with the individual atom that decided through its own volition to swerve is a poignant breakthrough into the Epicurean synthesis of the soul and body. Epicurus' Letter to Herodotus provides a vehement defence of the materiality of ...

Google previewThe Sports Book (2013)

by DK Publishing

Swerve is a Skill that can help OPEN BRIDGE to get a player out of a tricky Place your hand flat Oil the table and situation or even make a position the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the old English language, compiled from writings of the 13. 14. and 15. centuries (1867)

by Franz Heinrich Stratmann

swerve n, ASax. speorfan (tergere), Olcel. sverfa, OHGerm. swerban , Goth ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

SWERVE, v.\ Ti.swerum, errare, drerrare, va- SWERVE. Swe'rving, n. \ gari, fluitare,fluctuare. Kilian. Sw. — stvarf-wa, cireumagere. Ihre. It is probably the SWEVKN. A. S. hireorf-ian, (to warp,) which Somner thus widely ' " v ' interprets ; vertere, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

To SWERVE. v. n. [swerven, Saxon and Dutch.] 1. To wander; to rove.

Google previewThe Concise Dictionary of English Etymology (1993)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Swerve, to torn aside.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1818)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers. To which are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar by Samuel Johnson

To SWERVE. v. n. [swerven, Saxon and Dutch.] 1. To wander; to rove.

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Quotes about Swerve

Where minds differ and opinions swerve there is scant a friend in that company. (Elizabeth I)
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Scrabble value of S1W4E1R1V4E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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