a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
one of a series of such turns, as in a line or path.
proceeding or formed in a zigzag: zigzag stitches.
with frequent sharp turns from side to side; in a zigzag manner: The child ran zigzag along the beach.
verb (used with object), zigzagged, zigzagging.
to make (something) zigzag, as in form or course; move or maneuver (something) in a zigzag direction: They zigzagged their course to confuse the enemy.
verb (used without object), zigzagged, zigzagging.
to proceed in a zigzag line or course.

1705–15; < French; replacing earlier ziczac < French < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1

zigzaggedness [zig-zag-id-nis] , noun
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zigzag (ˈzɪɡˌzæɡ)
1.  a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
2.  one of the series of such turns
3.  something having the form of a zigzag
4.  (usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
5.  (of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
6.  in a zigzag manner
vb , -zags, -zagging, -zagged
7.  to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
8.  (tr) to form into a zigzag
[C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack1]

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Example sentences
From the helicopter, tiny dots become people, and one is moving in a zigzag
  pattern down the pipe.
But the critical essay advances, albeit by zigzag lines.
The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.
They consist of a double stockade of thick and tall posts, placed in a zigzag
  line, so that every part can be flanked.
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