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yaw Syllabification: yaw

Definition of yaw in English:


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(Of a moving ship or aircraft) twist or oscillate about a vertical axis: [with adverbial of direction]: the jet yawed sharply to the right
More example sentences
  • The pleasant rocking of the boat was replaced by a Perfect Storm pitching and yawing.
  • The Utopian ship yawed hard to port in an attempt to evade the incoming ordnance.
  • Doremi was at the stern of a large ship that yawed back and forth as it sailed through a storm-tossed sea.


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A twisting or oscillation of a moving ship or aircraft around a vertical axis.
Example sentences
  • This system is designed to compensate for wind and heel and control roll, yaw and surge.
  • Aloft upon the mast, the figure stood, uncompromising to the gale and pitch and yaw of the ship.
  • One could surely demonstrate yaw with engine failure since the props didn't feather.


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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