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seesaw

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noun see·saw \ˈsē-ˌsȯ\

Simple Definition of seesaw

  • : a long, flat board that is balanced in the middle so that when one end goes up the other end goes down

  • : a situation in which something keeps changing from one state to another and back again

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of seesaw

  1. 1 :  an alternating up-and-down or backward-and-forward motion or movement; also :  a contest or struggle in which now one side now the other has the lead

  2. 2a :  a pastime in which two children or groups of children ride on opposite ends of a plank balanced in the middle so that one end goes up as the other goes downb :  the plank or apparatus so used

seesaw

adjective

Examples of seesaw in a sentence

  1. Their relationship was an emotional seesaw.



Origin and Etymology of seesaw

probably from reduplication of 3saw


First Known Use: 1704


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seesaw

verb see·saw

Simple Definition of seesaw

  • : to keep changing from one state or condition to another and then back again

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of seesaw

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to move backward and forward or up and downb :  to play at seesaw

    2. 2 :  alternate <seesaw between two activities>

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to cause to move in seesaw fashion

    Examples of seesaw in a sentence

    1. The lead seesawed between the two runners right up to the finish line.

    2. <as their boat seesawed in the rough water, the rescue team tried to get the passengers off the sinking ship>



    1712

    First Known Use of seesaw

    1712


    SEESAW Defined for Kids

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    seesaw

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    noun see·saw \ˈsē-ˌsȯ\

    Definition of seesaw for Students

    1. 1 :  a plank for children to play on that is balanced in the middle on a raised bar with one end going up while the other goes down

    2. 2 :  a situation in which something keeps changing from one state to another and back again




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    seesaw

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    verb see·saw

    Definition of seesaw for Students

    seesawed

    seesawing

    1. :  to keep changing from one state to another and back again





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