wiggles

wiggle

[wig-uhl]
verb (used without object), wiggled, wiggling.
1.
to move or go with short, quick, irregular movements from side to side: The puppies wiggled with delight.
verb (used with object), wiggled, wiggling.
2.
to cause to wiggle; move quickly and irregularly from side to side.
noun
3.
a wiggling movement or course.
4.
5.
a dish of creamed fish or shellfish and peas.
Idioms
6.
get a wiggle on, Informal. to hurry up; get a move on: If you don't get a wiggle on, we'll miss the first act.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English wiglen; akin to Old English wegan to move, wēg motion, wicga insect; compare Norwegian vigla to totter, frequentative of vigga to rock oneself, Dutch, Low German wiggelen

outwiggle, verb (used with object), outwiggled, outwiggling.
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wiggle (ˈwɪɡəl)
 
vb
1.  to move or cause to move with jerky movements, esp from side to side
 
n
2.  the act or an instance of wiggling
3.  slang chiefly (US) get a wiggle on to hurry up
 
[C13: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wiggelen]
 
'wiggler
 
n
 
'wiggly
 
adj

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wiggle
early 13c., perhaps from M.Du. or M.Flem. wigelen, frequentative of wiegen "to rock," from wiege "cradle" (cf. O.H.G. wiga, Ger. Wiege, O.Fris. widze), from PIE base *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). The noun is attested from 1816.
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wiggles definition


[scientific computation] In solving partial differential equations by finite difference and similar methods, wiggles are sawtooth (up-down-up-down) oscillations at the shortest wavelength representable on the grid. If an algorithm is unstable, this is often the most unstable waveform, so it grows to dominate the solution. Alternatively, stable (though inaccurate) wiggles can be generated near a discontinuity by a Gibbs phenomenon.

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