zag

noun
\ˈzag \

Definition of zag 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of the sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a zigzag course

b : one of the short straight lines or sections of a zigzag course at an angle to a zig

zag

verb
zagged; zagging

Definition of zag (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a zag usually contrasted with zig

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Synonyms & Antonyms for zag

Synonyms: Verb

break, cut, sheer, swerve, veer, yaw, zig

Antonyms: Verb

straighten

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Examples of zag in a Sentence

Verb

the crowd roared as the clown on the bicycle zagged while the other clowns, in hot pursuit, zigged

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drizzle Ginger soy sauce over top in a zig zag pattern. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Make your own fast-casual rice bowl," 20 Apr. 2018 And that’s not even factoring in the impossible-to-follow zig-zags of President Donald Trump, who has made hard-line immigration policy the cornerstone of his administration. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Immigration reform seems impossible now ... and forever?," 1 July 2018 Poulin wears a zig-zag scar, ear to ear across the top of his head, but never thought of giving up either. Dom Amore, courant.com, "NCAA Baseball: UConn's P.J. Poulin, Chris Winkel Overcame Serious Head Injuries To Stay In The Game," 1 June 2018 When the rest of men’s fashion zigs, A$AP Rocky zags. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "A$AP Rocky Ditches Regular Ugly Sneakers for Gigantic Skate Shoes," 18 Apr. 2018 Turn up the heat with spicy cashews and a zig-zag of Sriracha mayo. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 The court was unmoved by testimony from Hashimoto that a zig-zag pattern would not have kept him detecting and sinking the Indianapolis. Tony Perry, latimes.com, "A secret mission, torpedoes, sharks and the men who survived: The story of the 'Indianapolis'," 6 July 2018 The data on the chart below zigs and zags, though the trend is clearly visible. The Northeast and portions of the Gulf of Mexico are where sea level is increasing most rapidly. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Tidal flooding is expected to become more routine as sea levels rise," 16 June 2018 As the fixations grow along with the zig-zags of regressions, the screen fills with purple. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Where previous presidents zigged, the 45th almost always wants to zag. Philip Rucker And Seung Min Kim, chicagotribune.com, "'We have to pick a great one': Inside Trump's plan for a new Supreme Court justice," 1 July 2018 Oddsmakers have Docic as the favorite, but the odds of this downtrodden franchise zigging when everyone expects them to zag continues their trend of questionable personnel decisions. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Mavs get two picks in the top 5? Let us explain," 20 June 2018 Flavors zig and zag, taking unexpected detours — horse blanket? — but arrive at a joyful, rewarding destination. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is your favorite San Diego IPA part of our contest's Final Four?," 29 Mar. 2018 The gates on a slalom course are the closest together, requiring skiers to zig and zag quickly, making turns with rapid speed. Time, "Mikaela Shiffrin Is Going for Another Olympic Gold. Here's How the Alpine Skiing Events Differ," 15 Feb. 2018 Athletic director Gene Smith has been adamant that Holtmann was always his guy, even the timing of things was weird and the process seemed to zig and zag a bit. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Chris Holtmann showing he is the right guy for Ohio State: Buckeyes basketball analysis," 8 Jan. 2018 The zig-zag approach to net neutrality is a byproduct of the fact that the FCC is an independent agency; its levers over industry change hands every time a new party takes the White House. Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "The never ending battle over net neutrality is far from over. Here's what's coming next," 15 Dec. 2017 Trump revels in the upsetting of expectations, zigging when everyone else expected him to zag. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Trump is trolling conservatives. Here are 4 theories why," 14 Sep. 2017 That’s not ideal, exactly; the best knuckleballs often zig and zag away from the mitt. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Jim Bouton, Author and Former Pitcher, Struggles With Brain Disease," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of zag

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zag

Noun

zigzag

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