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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:
with frequent sharp turns from side to side; in a zigzag manner:
The child ran zigzag along the beach.
verb (used with object)
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)
to proceed in a zigzag line or course.
gradational compound based on
/ˈzɪgˌzæg ɪd nɪs/
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for
a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
one of the series of such turns
something having the form of a zigzag
) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
(of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
in a zigzag manner
to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
) to form into a zigzag
C18: from French, from German
point, jagged projection; see
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