- The definition of a yaw is the motion of a vessel going back and forth along its path.
An example of yaw is the motion a plane would be taking if it were swinging back and forth across its flight path.
- Yaw is defined as when a ship, plane or other moving vessel swings, sways or moves back and forth across its path.
An example of yaw is an airplane swaying back and forth in a storm.
yaw definition by Webster's New World
- to swing back and forth across its course, as a ship pushed by high waves
- to swing to the left or right on the vertical axis so that the longitudinal axis forms an angle with the line of flight; esp., to rotate or oscillate about the vertical axis: said of a projectile, aircraft, spacecraft, etc.
Origin: Old Norse jaga, to sway, move back and forth ; from or akin to Dutch and amp; German jagen, to hunt
- an act of yawing
- the angle formed by a yawing craft
yaw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb yawed, yaw·ing, yaws verb, intransitive
- Nautical To swerve off course momentarily or temporarily: The ship yawed as the heavy wave struck abeam.
- To turn about the vertical axis. Used of an aircraft, spacecraft, or projectile.
- To move unsteadily; weave.
- The act of yawing.
- Extent of yawing, measured in degrees.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.