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yaw

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noun \ˈyȯ\

Definition of yaw

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

  2. 2 :  the extent of the movement in yawing

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Examples of yaw in a sentence

  1. Sensors measure the pitch and yaw of the plane.

  2. The airplane's rudder is used to control yaw.

Origin and Etymology of yaw

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1546

Other Nautical Terms


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yaw

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Definition of yaw

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a of a ship :  to deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea); especially :  to move from side to sideb 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 in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

In the heyday of large sailing ships, numerous nautical words appeared on the horizon, many of which have origins that have never been traced. "Yaw" is one such word. It began showing up in print in the 16th century, first as a noun (meaning "movement off course" or "side to side movement") and then as a verb. For more than 350 years it remained a sailing word, with occasional side trips to the figurative sense "to alternate." Then dawned the era of airplane flight in the early 20th century, and "yawing" was no longer confined to the sea. Nowadays, people who love boats still use "yaw" much as did the sailing-men of old, but pilots and rocket scientists also refer to the "yawing" of their crafts.

1586

First Known Use of yaw

1586

Other Nautical Terms


YAW Defined for English Language Learners

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yaw

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noun \ˈyȯ\

Definition of yaw for English Language Learners

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


YAW Defined for Kids

yaw

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verb \ˈyȯ\

Definition of yaw for Students

yawed

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yawing

  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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