v. yawed, yaw·ing, yaws
1. Nautical To swerve off course momentarily or temporarily: The ship yawed as the heavy wave struck abeam.
2. To turn about the vertical axis. Used of an aircraft, spacecraft, or projectile.
3. To move unsteadily; weave.
To cause to yaw.
1. The act of yawing.
2. Extent of yawing, measured in degrees.
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
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