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: one of the sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a zigzag course
: one of the short straight lines or sections of a zigzag course at an angle to a zag
: 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


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zigged; zigging

intransitive verb

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

Examples of zig in a Sentence

Verb the fox zigged to the right, and the hounds followed
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His approach worked not only for obtuse triangles, but for far more complicated shapes: Irregular 100-sided tables, say, or polygons whose walls zig and zag creating nooks and crannies, have periodic orbits, so long as the angles are rational. Quanta Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Miniaturization could also aid China’s development of hypersonic warheads that would zig and zag to evade U.S. defenses. William J. Broad, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for zig 

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Word History




First Known Use


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zig was in 1840

Dictionary Entries Near zig

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“Zig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zig. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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