verb (used without object)
- to deviate temporarily from a straight course, as a ship.
- (of an aircraft) to have a motion about its vertical axis.
- (of a rocket or guided missile) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by oscillation of the longitudinal axis in the horizontal plane.
verb (used with object)
- to cause to yaw.
- a movement of deviation from a direct course, as of a ship.
- a motion of an aircraft about its vertical axis.
- an angle, to the right or left, determined by the direction of motion of an aircraft or spacecraft and its vertical and longitudinal plane of symmetry.
- (of a rocket or guided missile)
- the act of yawing.
- the angular displacement of the longitudinal axis due to yawing.
- (intr) (of an aircraft, missile, etc) to turn about its vertical axisCompare pitch 1 (def. 11), roll (def. 14)
- (intr) (of a ship, etc) to deviate temporarily from a straight course
- (tr) to cause (an aircraft, ship, etc) to yaw
- the angular movement of an aircraft, missile, etc, about its vertical axis
- the deviation of a vessel from a straight course
v.“to fall away from the line of a course,” 1540s, from Old Norse jaga, Old Danish jæge “to drive, chase,” from Middle Low German jagen (see yacht).