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seesaw

noun see·saw \ ˈsē-ˌsȯ \

Definition of seesaw

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 a :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 down
b :the plank or apparatus so used

seesaw

adjective

Examples of seesaw in a Sentence

  1. Their relationship was an emotional seesaw.

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Origin and Etymology of seesaw

probably from reduplication of 3saw


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seesaw

verb

Definition of seesaw

intransitive verb
1 a :to move backward and forward or up and down
b :to play at seesaw
2 :alternate
  • seesaw between two activities
transitive verb
: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

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First Known Use of seesaw

1709


SEESAW Defined for English Language Learners

seesaw

noun

Definition of seesaw for English Language Learners

  • : 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


seesaw

verb

Definition of seesaw for English Language Learners

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


SEESAW Defined for Kids

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seesaw

noun see·saw \ ˈsē-ˌsȯ \

Definition of seesaw for Students

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

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seesaw

verb

Definition of seesaw for Students

seesawed; seesawing
:to keep changing from one state to another and back again


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