- 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 yawing
It had been yawing off that compass all the way from a point to a point and a half.Blow The Man Down
She headed nearly due south, yawing, of course, all the time.Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
The wind was steady, and as we ran before it there was no yawing.Dracula
Steer a steady course there at the wheel—you're yawing all round the compass!The North Pacific
Willis Boyd Allen
But what yawing about she made of it when she came with a stranger at the helm!Sailing Alone Around The World
- 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 yawing
"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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