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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

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 penalty was awarded when Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior was tripped by Juventus defender Danilo on a zig-zagging run into the box. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 Six zig-zags (where trains reverse several times to gain height) and five loops extend the railway's length, ensuring that the gradients are not too steep for trains to climb. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 May 2022 These zig-zag braids were a beautiful departure from Rihanna's typical curly or straight style. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2022 The North Anchorage district’s southern boundary cuts along Northern Lights Boulevard to the Seward Highway, then follows the zig-zag of Chester Creek eastward to Lake Otis Parkway. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 Garden spiders produce a zig zag in their webs, but Joro spiders do not, according to Larson. Ana Alvarez Brinez, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2022 The ring has a unique zig zag pattern on the shank. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 But create a disruption with a zig, a ripple or a curve, and that changes the way the eye travels across the form. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Here, toothed peaks jut heaven-ward above a sea of hardwoods, with the 30-mile Pemi Loop zig-zagging through the White Mountains’ renowned backdrops. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 26 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb TikTok users have put their spin on the style by adding middle or zig-zag parts, colored hair extensions, beads, and more under the hashtag #ponybraid, which has over 774,000 views as of this publication. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 July 2022 Coily or kinky hair (i.e. hair that forms tight curls in a zig-zag pattern from the scalp) is a Type 4, ranging from A to C in subcategories. Marielle Marlys, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Bella paired the look with leather thigh-high boots and a zig-zag headband that is giving this writer serious flashbacks. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 24 Apr. 2022 How to create a zig-zag hair part Using a paddle brush, detangle your hair before styling and applying products. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 11 Mar. 2022 Its symbol is two short parallel zig-zag lines, which can easily be incorporated into body art. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 Dubbed the Book Tote, the carryall handbag took practically no time at all to wind up on celebrities, influencers, and that set of individuals who zig-zag between Capri, Ibiza, and Saint Tropez in the summer months. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 The officer followed the car and noticed several traffic violations including failing to stay in one lane and driving in a zig-zag pattern, according to a police report. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 While kicking off her residency on The Late Late Show, Lorde opted for a zig-zag pattern of her own, specifically, the graphic prints from Maisie Wilen’s fall 2021 runway. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Zig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zig. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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