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Yaw  v. i.  (past & past part. yawed; pres. part. yawing)  To rise in blisters, breaking in white froth, as cane juice in the clarifiers in sugar works.

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"Yaw" Quotes from Famous Books

... the whole hostile squadron at her heels, the American frigate could not delay, or turn her side with its battery towards an assailant behind; for to do so enabled the others to gain on her. On the other hand, the pursuer could so deflect—yaw—at frequent intervals, and having the greater speed could continually recover the ground thus lost. This was what Captain Hope of the "Endymion" did, with sound judgment. He took a position on the off-shore quarter of the "President," where neither her broadside nor stern guns could bear ...
— Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 - Volume 2 • Alfred Thayer Mahan

... females did not return on deck. I only hoped that they were not frightened at the mischief we had committed. The chase was now a complete wreck aloft. Still her ensign was kept flying at her peak. Just, however, as I was about to yaw once more, it was hauled down, and she was luffed up into the wind. We were very soon up with her. Heaving-to just to windward of her, I ordered a boat to be lowered, and, with Tom Rockets and two other hands, ...
— Hurricane Hurry • W.H.G. Kingston

... when a knotty cause was o'er, Shook hands and were as good friends as before, "Zounds!" says the losing client, "how come yaw To be such friends, who were such foes just naw?" "Thou fool," says one, "we lawyers tho' so keen, Like shears, ne'er cut ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 290 - Volume X. No. 290. Saturday, December 29, 1827. • Various

... or without occasion, throughout the whole interview; as, for example, when one man, taking his pipe out of his mouth and shaking his head, remarked apropos of nothing and with almost defiant conviction, "Er war ein feiner Mann, der Herr Doctor," and was answered by another with "Yaw, yaw, und trank ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

... "Yaw Bibby! I told you my name was Bill, not Bibby; and I never yaws from my course, although I heaves-to sometimes, as I do now, to take in provisions." The sailor took another swig, wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, and continued. ...
— The Pacha of Many Tales • Frederick Marryat

... spirits who had mounted to this sublime height were attractive to many of the Gradgrind school. They liked fine gentlemen; they pretended that they did not, but they did. They became exhausted in imitation of them; and they yaw-yawed in their speech like them; and they served out, with an enervated air, the little mouldy rations of political economy, on which they regaled their disciples. There never before was seen on earth such a wonderful hybrid race ...
— Hard Times • Charles Dickens*

... under all three royals, and fore and main topgallant studdingsails, her course being south-east. There was a heavy and steep sea following the ship on her port quarter, which not only made her motions exceedingly uneasy, but also caused her to yaw wildly from time to time, despite the utmost efforts of two men at the wheel to keep her true ...
— Overdue - The Story of a Missing Ship • Harry Collingwood

Words linked to "Yaw" :   deviate, turn, cut, sheer, veer, be, gape, slue, hunt, swerve

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