- inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.
- tending to give way, especially under pressure; flexible; supple; pliable: a yielding mattress.
- (of a crop, soil, etc.) producing a yield; productive.
Origin of yielding
- to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.
- to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest): a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.
- to give up, as to superior power or authority: They yielded the fort to the enemy.
- to give up or surrender (oneself): He yielded himself to temptation.
- to give up or over; relinquish or resign: to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.
- to give as due or required: to yield obedience to one's teachers.
- to cause; give rise to: The play yielded only one good laugh.
- to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.
- to surrender or submit, as to superior power: The rebels yielded after a week.
- to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like: Don't yield to their outrageous demands.
- to give place or precedence (usually followed by to): to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?
- to give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend, collapse, or the like: I've pushed and pushed, but this door will not yield.
- something yielded.
- the quantity or amount yielded.
- the act or process of yielding: the yield of plastic materials under stress.
- Chemistry. the quantity of product formed by the interaction of two or more substances, generally expressed as a percentage of the quantity obtained to that theoretically obtainable.
- the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.
- a measure of the destructive energy of a nuclear explosion, expressed in kilotons of the amount of TNT that would produce the same destruction.
Origin of yield
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Examples from the Web for yielding
On its first day of trading, Alibaba shares were up 38 percent, yielding a market capitalization of $213 billion.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
One such pessimist was the Mayor* of the town: A little while later, yielding to his vapors, he committed suicide.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
They are yielding new insights into the way the shock front propagates in these really complex environments.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
March 23, 2014
Some customers bring along sticks of their own butter, which the restaurant is happy to melt for them, yielding a luxury dip.A Briny, South Carolina Oyster Shack
Jane & Michael Stern
March 23, 2014
“Pretty big font; pretty big keg,” Gardner muttered, yielding his time after one final demand.Sebelius in the Hot Seat
October 30, 2013
One of the most delightful things about temptation is yielding now and then.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
But day followed day, and still they waited in vain for any sign of yielding.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
All at once an impulse of yielding which was really freedom came to her.Quaint Courtships
Locke, yielding to the prejudices of the time, took the same ground.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Peppajee eyed him comprehendingly, but there was no yielding in his brown, wrinkled face.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- compliant, submissive, or flexible
- pliable or softa yielding material
- to give forth or supply (a product, result, etc), esp by cultivation, labour, etc; produce or bear
- (tr) to furnish as a returnthe shares yielded three per cent
- (tr often foll by up) to surrender or relinquish, esp as a result of force, persuasion, etc
- (intr sometimes foll by to) to give way, submit, or surrender, as through force or persuasionshe yielded to his superior knowledge
- (intr often foll by to) to agree; comply; assenthe eventually yielded to their request for money
- (tr) to grant or allow; concedeto yield right of way
- (tr) obsolete to pay or repayGod yield thee!
- the result, product, or amount yielded
- the profit or return, as from an investment or tax
- the annual income provided by an investment, usually expressed as a percentage of its cost or of its current valuethe yield on these shares is 15 per cent at today's market value
- the energy released by the explosion of a nuclear weapon expressed in terms of the amount of TNT necessary to produce the same energy
- chem the quantity of a specified product obtained in a reaction or series of reactions, usually expressed as a percentage of the quantity that is theoretically obtainable
Word Origin and History for yielding
Old English gield "payment, sum of money" (see yield (v.)); extended sense of "production" (as of crops) is first attested mid-15c. Earliest English sense survives in financial "yield from investments."
Old English geldan (Anglian), gieldan (West Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, past participle golden), from Proto-Germanic *geldanan "pay" (cf. Old Saxon geldan "to be worth," Old Norse gjaldo "to repay, return," Middle Dutch ghelden, Dutch gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," Old High German geltan, German gelten "to be worth," Gothic fra-gildan "to repay, requite").
Perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, unless Old Church Slavonic zledo, Lithuanian geliuoti are Germanic loan-words. Sense developed in English via use to translate Latin reddere, French rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch gelt, Dutch geld, German Geld "money." Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1660s.