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1yaw

noun \ˈy\

: movement of an airplane, ship, etc., to the left or right; especially : unwanted left or right movement

Full Definition of YAW

1
:  the action of yawing; especially :  a side to side movement
2
:  the extent of the movement in yawing

Examples of YAW

  1. Sensors measure the pitch and yaw of the plane.
  2. The airplane's rudder is used to control yaw.

Origin of YAW

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1546

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with YAW

2yaw

verb

Definition of YAW

intransitive verb
1
a of a ship :  to deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea); especially :  to move from side to side
b of an airplane, spacecraft, or projectile :  to turn by angular motion about the vertical axis
2
:  alternate <restlessly yawing between apparent extremes — Martin Kasindorf>

Examples of YAW

  1. <the ship yawed hard to the right when the rogue wave hit it broadside>

First Known Use of YAW

1586

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
YAW Defined for Kids

yaw

verb \ˈy\
yawedyaw·ing

Definition of YAW for Kids

:  to turn suddenly from a straight course <The boat yawed in heavy seas.>
Medical Dictionary

yaw

noun \ˈy\

Medical Definition of YAW

:  one of the lesions characteristic of yaws—see mother yaw

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