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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


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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Renderings for the garden also show plans for a summer house, Zen garden, a traditional arched bridge and a zig-zag path over a small lake. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 28 May 2021 The sleek carbon hull comes emblazoned with a rainbow of Rowing Blazers’ signature rugby stripes across the decks and sculling blades embellished with a playful zig-zag pattern. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 20 May 2021 The striped and zig-zag pattern styles also come in bright colors and metallic finishes that embody the joys of summer. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 But in this episode, zigging where a zag is called for serves the story well. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2021 This six-story building will be another architectural landmark with its exterior design incorporating a bikeable and walkable path with a zig-zag switchback pattern. Arkansas Online, 4 Apr. 2021 That’s when the NHC forecast track has the storm continuing its zig-zag path and head back east for landfall on Florida’s west coast by Friday. Richard Tribou,, 9 Nov. 2020 His departure came after a dramatic public zig-zag on Monday between Liberty's board of trustees and Falwell, an ardent and early supporter of President Donald Trump. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2020 One of the most surprising moments came midway through the video when Jenner struts down a zig-zag hallway in head-t0-toe cheetah print — a custom look by Rey Ortiz, which features gloves, over-the-knee boots, a long train and a risqué cut-out. Hanna Flanagan,, 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But in 2021, Belichick zigged when everyone expected him to zag., 30 Apr. 2021 The causes of the zig and zag in sales aren’t hard to figure out. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021 Instead, zig toward the most promising tangle or thicket in front of you, then zag to the next. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 24 Dec. 2020 Ellie Richard’s brooms have handles that zig and zag into myriad nonfunctional forms. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2019 Thinking outside the box, knowing when to zig, and when to zag. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2019 This is not to say that Gruden’s path is wrong — there’s room to zag when the rest of the league zigs. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Sep. 2019 Vogueworld Emily Ratajkowski’s Latest Look Takes a Cue from the Olsen Twins Actress, model and Instagram queen Emily Ratajkowski knows how to effortlessly zig-zag the best of summer style. Vogue, 20 Aug. 2019 Sometimes saving money and steering clear of lines is all about zigging when other people zag. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of zag


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1900, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Zag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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