Definitions for YAW

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yaw(v.i.)

  1. to deviate temporarily from a straight course, as a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. (of an aircraft) to have a motion about its vertical axis.

    Category: Aeronautics

  3. (of a rocket or guided missile) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by oscillation of the longitudinal axis in the horizontal plane.

    Category: Rocketry

  4. (v.t.)to cause to yaw.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. (n.)the movement of yawing.

    Category: Navy

  6. a motion of an aircraft about its vertical axis.

    Category: Aeronautics

  7. a right or left angle determined by the direction of motion of an aircraft or spacecraft and its vertical and longitudinal plane of symmetry.

    Category: Aeronautics, Aerospace

Origin of yaw:

1540–50

yaw(n.)

  1. one of the lesions of yaws.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of yaw:

1735–45

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yaw, swerve(verb)

    an erratic deflection from an intended course

  2. gape, yawn, yaw(verb)

    be wide open

    "the deep gaping canyon"

  3. yaw(verb)

    deviate erratically from a set course

    "the yawing motion of the ship"

  4. yaw(verb)

    swerve off course momentarily

    "the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"

Wiktionary

  1. yaw(Noun)

    The rotation of an aircraft, ship, or missile about its vertical axis so as to cause the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, ship, or missile to deviate from the flight line or heading in its horizontal plane.

  2. yaw(Noun)

    The angle between the longitudinal axis of a projectile at any moment and the tangent to the trajectory in the corresponding point of flight of the projectile.

  3. yaw(Noun)

    An act of yawing.

  4. yaw(Noun)

    A vessel's motion rotating about the vertical axis, so the bow yaws from side to side; a characteristic of unsteadiness.

  5. yaw(Noun)

    The extent of yawing, the rotation angle about the vertical axis

    the yaw of an aircraft

  6. yaw(Verb)

    To turn about the vertical axis while maintaining course.

  7. yaw(Verb)

    To swerve off course to port or starboard.

  8. yaw(Verb)

    To steer badly, zigzagging back and forth across the intended course of a boat; to go out of the line of course.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yaw(verb)

    to rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works

  2. Yaw

    to steer wild, or out of the line of her course; to deviate from her course, as when struck by a heavy sea; -- said of a ship

  3. Yaw(noun)

    a movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. yaw

    1. The rotation of an aircraft, ship, or missile about its vertical axis so as to cause the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, ship, or missile to deviate from the flight line or heading in its horizontal plane. 2. Angle between the longitudinal axis of a projectile at any moment and the tangent to the trajectory in the corresponding point of flight of the projectile.

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