yaw

1 [yaw]
verb (used without object)
1.
to deviate temporarily from a straight course, as a ship.
2.
(of an aircraft) to have a motion about its vertical axis.
3.
(of a rocket or guided missile) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by oscillation of the longitudinal axis in the horizontal plane.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to yaw.
noun
5.
a movement of deviation from a direct course, as of a ship.
6.
a motion of an aircraft about its vertical axis.
7.
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.
8.
a.
the act of yawing.
b.
the angular displacement of the longitudinal axis due to yawing.

Origin:
1540–50; origin uncertain

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yaw

2 [yaw]
noun Pathology.
one of the lesions of yaws.

Origin:
1735–45; back formation from yaws

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yaw (jɔː)
 
vb
1.  (intr) pitch Compare roll (of an aircraft, missile, etc) to turn about its vertical axis
2.  (intr) (of a ship, etc) to deviate temporarily from a straight course
3.  (tr) to cause (an aircraft, ship, etc) to yaw
 
n
4.  the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis
5.  the deviation of a vessel from a straight course
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

yaw
"to fall away from the line of a course," 1546, from O.N. jaga, O.Dan. jæge "to drive, chase," from M.L.G. jagen (see yacht).
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Example sentences for yaw
This blackbird was seemingly not quite straight and had a yaw at supersonic speeds.
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