AskDefine | Define yaw

The Collaborative Dictionary

Yaw \Yaw\ (y[add]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Yawed (y[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Yawing.] [Cf. Yew, v. i.] To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works. [1913 Webster]
Yaw \Yaw\, v. i. & t. [Cf. Prov. G. gagen to rock, gageln to totter, shake, Norw. gaga to bend backward, Icel. gagr bent back, gaga to throw the neck back.] (Naut.) 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. [1913 Webster] Just as he would lay the ship's course, all yawing being out of the question. --Lowell. [1913 Webster]
Yaw \Yaw\, n. (Naut.) A movement of a vessel by which she temporarily alters her course; a deviation from a straight course in steering. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

yaw n : an erratic deflection from an intended course [syn: swerve]


1 be wide open; "the deep gaping canyon" [syn: gape, yawn]
2 deviate erratically from a set course; "the yawing motion of the ship"
3 swerve off course momentarily; "the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"

Moby Thesaurus

aberrancy, aberration, about ship, back and fill, bank, bear away, bear off, bear to starboard, beat, beat about, bend, bias, box off, branching off, break, bring about, bring round, cant, cant round, cast, cast about, change course, change the heading, circuitousness, come about, corner, crab, crook, curve, declination, deflection, departure, detour, deviance, deviancy, deviation, deviousness, digression, dip, discursion, divagation, divarication, divergence, diversion, dogleg, double, double a point, drift, drift off course, drifting, drive, errantry, excursion, excursus, exorbitation, fall down, feather, fetch about, fetch away, fishtail, flounder, gape, go about, gybe, hairpin, heave, heave round, hobbyhorse, horizontal axis, indirection, jibe, jibe all standing, loop, lurch, make heavy weather, make leeway, miss stays, obliquity, pay off, pererration, pitch, pitch and toss, plow, plunge, ply, porpoise, pound, pull out, pull up, push down, put about, put back, rambling, rear, reel, rock, roll, round a point, sag, scend, sheer, shift, shifting, shifting course, shifting path, sideslip, skew, skid, slant, slew, spin, spiral, straying, stunt, swag, sway, sweep, swerve, swerving, swing, swing round, swing the stern, swinging, tack, throw about, tilt, tilter, toss, toss and tumble, tumble, turn, turn back, turning, twist, undulate, variation, veer, wallow, wandering, warp, wear, wear ship, welter, wind, yaw off, zigzag




  1. In the context of "intransitive|aviation": To turn about the vertical axis while maintaining course.
  2. In the context of "intransitive|nautical": To swerve off course to port or starboard.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|nautical": To steer badly, zigzagging back and forth across the intended course of a boat; to go out of the line of course.


  • Italian: imbardare


  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. 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. An act of yawing.
  4. A vessel's motion rotating about the vertical axis, so the bow yaws from side to side; a characteristic of unsteadiness.
  5. The extent of yawing, the rotation angle about the vertical axis
    the yaw of an aircraft


  • Italian: imbardata

See also

The word yaw can refer to:
See also:
yaw in Japanese: ヨー
yaw in Portuguese: Yam
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