EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun ( used with a singular verb) . Pathology an infectious, nonvenereal tropical disease, primarily of children, characterized by raspberrylike eruptions of the skin and caused by a spirochete, Treponema pertenue, that is closely related to the agent of syphilis. Origin of yaws
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-s 3 verb (used without object) 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. noun 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 yaw 1
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1540–50; origin uncertain noun . Pathology one of the lesions of yaws. Origin of yaw 2
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Examples from the Web for yaws Historical Examples of yaws British Dictionary definitions for yaws noun (usually functioning as singular) an infectious nonvenereal disease of tropical climates with early symptoms resembling syphilis, characterized by red skin eruptions and, later, pain in the joints: it is caused by the spiral bacterium Treponema pertenue Also called: framboesia Word Origin for yaws
C17: of Carib origin
verb (intr) (of a ship, etc) to deviate temporarily from a straight course (tr) to cause (an aircraft, ship, etc) to yaw noun the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis the deviation of a vessel from a straight course Word Origin for yaw
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for yaws n.
1670s, from Carib
yaya, the native name for the disease. v.
"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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n. An infectious tropical disease caused by Treponema pertenue, characterized by the development of crusted granulomatous ulcers on the extremities that may cause bone and joint destruction in later stages of the disease. boubas bubas frambesia granuloma tropicum pian rupia
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A highly contagious tropical disease that chiefly affects children, caused by the spirochete Treponema pertenue and characterized by raspberrylike sores, especially on the hands, feet, and face.
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