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Definition of zig

 (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 zag
2 : a sharp alteration or change of direction (as in a process or policy) the quick zigs and zags of his international maneuveringsThe New York Times


zigged; zigging

Definition of zig (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to execute a zig usually contrasted with zag zigs when others zag

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Synonyms & Antonyms for zig

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of zig in a Sentence

Verb the fox zigged to the right, and the hounds followed
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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 The causes of the zig and zag in sales aren’t hard to figure out. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2021 As the glacier retreated, so did the slope’s support system—dragging the rock face downward toward the ocean, leaving a distinct, zig-zagging indentation in the hillside. Victoria Petersen, Wired, 21 Nov. 2020 Visitors can combine several boardwalks and paved pathways to create an easy, zig-zagging hike of nearly three miles that’s family friendly and passes through some of the park’s most breathtaking geothermal features. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 18 Nov. 2020 Rain quarterback Amari Yelding, under pressure, underthrew his receiver and Gray played the pass perfectly, stepping in front of the Rain receiver and zig-zagging through would-be tacklers and going into the end zone. Arthur L. Mack, al, 13 Oct. 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 The zig-zag trading followed up on earlier losses for Asian and European stocks, while Treasury yields sank in a sign of increased pessimism. Stan Choe, Damian J. Troise, Alex Veiga, USA TODAY, 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 The Pelicans are trying to zig when the rest of the NBA is zagging. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, 1 Jan. 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 In a Big 12 that is run by spread offenses, Iowa State has chosen to zig while the rest of the conference zags. Dallas News, 26 Nov. 2020 Befitting these studies, there’s a rigor to conversation with Eisenberg — which can coherently zig and zag from vaudeville to Marxist feminist Silvia Federici to the semiotics of the guitar. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 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, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Nov. 2020 Punt returners will zig, zag and juke to create a crease. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of zig


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2021

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“Zig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zig. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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