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yaw

noun \ ˈyȯ \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of yaw

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

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Origin and Etymology of yaw

origin unknown

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yaw

verb

Definition of yaw

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of yaw

1586

yaw Synonyms

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YAW Defined for English Language Learners

yaw

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

verb \ ˈyȯ \

Definition of yaw for Students

yawed; yawing
: to turn suddenly from a straight course
  • The boat yawed in heavy seas.

Medical Dictionary

yaw

noun \ ˈyȯ \

medical Definition of yaw

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


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