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yaw

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noun \ˈyȯ\

Simple Definition of yaw

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

Full Definition of yaw

  1. 1 :  the action of yawing; especially :  a side to side movement

  2. 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

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yaw

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Definition of yaw

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 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>



1586

First Known Use of yaw

1586

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YAW Defined for Kids

yaw

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verb \ˈyȯ\

Definition of yaw

yawedyaw·ing

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




Medical Dictionary

yaw

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noun \ˈyȯ\

Medical Definition of yaw

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




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