- 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.
- to swing back and forth across its course: said of a ship, esp. one being pushed by large following 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 of yawOld Norse jaga, to sway, move back and forth from or akin to Dutch and German jagen, to hunt
- an act of yawing
- the angle formed by a yawing craft
verbyawed, yaw·ing, yaws
- 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 of yawPerhaps of Scandinavian origin
- 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.
- 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.
- An act of yawing.
- (nautical) A vessel's motion rotating about the vertical axis, so the bow yaws from side to side; a characteristic of unsteadiness.
- The extent of yawing, the rotation angle about the vertical axis
- the yaw of an aircraft
(third-person singular simple present yaws, present participle yawing, simple past and past participle yawed)
- (intransitive, aviation) To turn about the vertical axis while maintaining course.
- (intransitive, nautical) To swerve off course to port or starboard.
- (intransitive, nautical) To steer badly, zigzagging back and forth across the intended course of a boat; to go out of the line of course.
- (intransitive) To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.