YAW

To swing or steer off course, as when running with a quartering sea.

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PENDULUM ANEMOMETER

A pressure-plate anemometer consisting of a plate which is free to swing about a horizontal axis in its own plane above its center of gravity; the angular deflection of the plate is a function of the wind speed; this instrument is not used for station measurements because of the false reading which results when the frequency of the wind gusts and the natural frequency of the swinging plate coincide.

OVERSTEER

The tendency of an automotive vehicle to steer into a turn to a sharper degree than was intended by the driver; sometimes causes the vehicle's rear end to swing out.

MULTIPLE MIDSTOP

A peripheral device that allows a pick-and-place robot to swing and stop in several positions.

MITER GATE

Either of a pair of canal lock gates that swing out from the side walls and meet at an angle pointing toward the upper level.

IMPACT SCREEN

A screen designed to swing or rock forward when loaded and to stop abruptly by coming in contact with a stop.

GYBE

To swing a sail from one side to another.

CATENARY

The curve formed by a uniform cable supported only at its ends. Navigators are concerned with the catenary of overhead cables which determines clearance underneath, and the catenary of the anchor rode, which in part determines holding power and swing circle.

CLEAR BERTH

A berth in which a vessel may swing at anchor without striking or fouling another vessel or an obstruction

FOUL BERTH

A berth in which a vessel cannot swing to her anchor or moorings without fouling another vessel or striking an obstruction. See also FOUL GROUND, CLEAR BERTH.

RUDDER STOP

A stout bracket to limit the swing of the rudder to the maximum 37 degree starboard or port

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