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[word-lover] 【整理】2015-07-27 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2015-07-27 How to Use a Word

Today's word is yaw, spelled y-a-w. Yaw is a verb, when used of a ship, it means to deviate irradically from a course, as one struck by heavy sea, especially to move from side to side. When used of an airplane, spacecraft or projectile, it means to turn by angular motion about the vertical axes. Yaw can also mean to alternate.

Here is the word used in a sentence by Steve Whites in Median.com, In 2002, contractors explored the REC using a remotely operated submarine, they found ropes and lights from previous visits, and worked out how the big plane skipped and yawed across the water before sinking to the bottom.

In the heyday of large, sailing ships, numerous nautical words appeared on the horizon, many of which have origins that have never been traced, yaw is one such word. It began showing up in print in th 1500s, first as an noun, meaning movement off course, or side to side movement, and then as a verb. For more than 350 years, it remained a sailing word, with occasional sidetrips to the figurative sense, to alternate.Then dwanged the era of airplane flight in the early 20th century, and yawing was no longer confined to the sea.

Nowadays people who love boats still use yaw much as the sailors of all old did,  but pilots and astronauts also refer to the yawing of their crafts.

I'm Peter Sokolovski, with your Word of the Day.

This post was generated by put listening repetition system,  Check the original dictation thread!
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