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.
How to use yaw in a sentence
Ever after when I passed by his house, some of the children would point to me and say, ‘yaw killed aur guise.’Wanderings in South America | Charles Waterton
Take a Swede or a Dutchman: it's yaw yaw with them to the end of their time.My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 2 of 3 | William Clark Russell
The Chins in the valley of the yaw and its tributaries were raiders.The Pacification of Burma | Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
yaw—To swerve from side to side as a vessel does when running free.On Yacht Sailing | Thomas Fleming Day
For when the printing presses are united the planet may buck and yaw, but she comes into line at last.Shandygaff | Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for yaw
(intr) (of a ship, etc) to deviate temporarily from a straight course
(tr) to cause (an aircraft, ship, etc) to yaw
the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis
the deviation of a vessel from a straight course
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