- to deviate temporarily from a straight course, as a ship.
- (of an aircraft) to have a motion about its vertical axis.
- (of a rocket or guided missile) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by oscillation of the longitudinal axis in the horizontal plane.
- to cause to yaw.
- a movement of deviation from a direct course, as of a ship.
- a motion of an aircraft about its vertical axis.
- an angle, to the right or left, determined by the direction of motion of an aircraft or spacecraft and its vertical and longitudinal plane of symmetry.
- (of a rocket or guided missile)
- the act of yawing.
- the angular displacement of the longitudinal axis due to yawing.
Origin of yaw1
First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for yawed
At the same moment she yawed sharply and seemed to change her course.Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
We yawed a little so as to bring all our starboard guns to bear.Hurricane Hurry
We yawed, so that our guns could be brought to bear on the stranger.My First Voyage to Southern Seas
The ship swayed and yawed frightfully from this side to that.In Search of Mademoiselle
In a few minutes she yawed to starboard, and the main-sail was taken aback.The Story of a Strange Career
- the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis
- the deviation of a vessel from a straight course
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yawed
"to fall away from the line of a course," 1540s, from Old Norse jaga, Old Danish jæge "to drive, chase," from Middle Low German jagen (see yacht).
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