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zigzag

[zig-zag] /ˈzɪgˌzæg/
noun
1.
a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
2.
one of a series of such turns, as in a line or path.
adjective
3.
proceeding or formed in a zigzag:
zigzag stitches.
adverb
4.
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.
5.
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.
6.
to proceed in a zigzag line or course.
Origin of zigzag
1705-1715
1705-15; < French; replacing earlier ziczac < French < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1
Related forms
zigzaggedness
[zig-zag-id-nis] /ˈzɪgˌzæg ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • A few minutes later Warden got away around the enemys left and zigzagged nearly twenty yards before he was run out at his forty.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The little path that zigzagged upward was not wide enough for two.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The moving line was not straight up and down the cliff, but zigzagged along its face.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • They zigzagged like a snake and again made geometrical figures.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • Stibbs the Grocer zigzagged like a dragon-fly about his crowded store.

    The So-called Human Race Bert Leston Taylor
  • Then came a vivid flash of fire that zigzagged across the sky.

    Rilla of the Lighthouse Grace May North
  • The ball is zigzagged from one rank to another of a group without skipping any players.

  • Slowly they zigzagged back and forth, searching and listening, but to no purpose.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland
  • He zigzagged from obscure village to village, as though determined to keep away from all main-traveled avenues of traffic.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for zigzagged

zigzag

/ˈzɪɡˌzæɡ/
noun
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
adjective
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
adverb
6.
in a zigzag manner
verb -zags, -zagging, -zagged
7.
to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
8.
(transitive) to form into a zigzag
Derived Forms
zigzaggedness, noun
zigzagger, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack1
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