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yaw to weave, move unsteadily, turn, or pitch from side to side, esp. on a vertical axis. [4 definitions]
yawl a two-masted sailing ship having a large mainmast on the foredeck and a smaller mizzenmast behind the rudderpost. (Cf. ketch.) [2 definitions]
yawn to open the mouth involuntarily while breathing in deeply, usu. as a sign of tiredness, boredom, or the like. [4 definitions]
yawp (informal) to utter a loud sharp cry; yelp. [2 definitions]
yaws (used with a sing. verb) a tropical disease caused by a spirochete and characterized by the eruption of red, berrylike growths on the skin.
y-axis in a two-dimensional coordinate system, the vertical axis along which the y ordinates are measured. [2 definitions]
yay1 (informal) used as an expression of celebration in connection with a certain result.
yay2 (informal) to this extent (used along with a gesture or other visual sign to indicate extent).
Yb symbol of the chemical element ytterbium.
Y chromosome a sex chromosome that occurs only in males, paired with an X chromosome, and is responsible for male sex characteristics. (Cf. X chromosome.)
yd. abbreviation of "yard," a unit of length equal to three feet or 0.9144 meter.
ye1 an archaic form of "you."
ye2 the. Ye is a misreading of an old spelling of "the" in which the letter for the "th" sound looked like a "y." When stores today put "ye" on their signs, they do so in order to look old-fashioned.
yea yes (used orally to indicate formal affirmation or agreement). [5 definitions]
yeah (informal) yes.
yean of a sheep or goat, to bear young.
yeanling the young offspring of a sheep or goat; lamb or kid.
year a unit of time equal to 365 days or, every fourth year, 366 days, reckoned in the Gregorian calendar from January through December; twelve months. (abbr.: yr.) [5 definitions]
yearbook an annually published book containing information, statistics, and historical data about the previous year. [2 definitions]
yearling any animal more than one but less than two years old. [3 definitions]
yearlong lasting a period of twelve months.