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leeway

sideways drift of a boat or aircraft
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leeway

[′lē‚wā]
(navigation)
The off-course, leeward motion of a vessel due to wind or current; may be expressed as distance, speed, or angular difference between course steered and course through the water.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.