zigzag

noun
zig·​zag | \ ˈzig-ˌzag How to pronounce zigzag (audio) \

Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one of a series of short sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a course also : something having the form or character of such a series a blouse with green zigzags endured the zigzags of policy — Richard Bernstein

zigzag

adverb

Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 4)

: in or by a zigzag path or course

zigzag

adjective

Definition of zigzag (Entry 3 of 4)

: having short sharp turns or angles a zigzag trail

zigzag

verb
zigzagged; zigzagging

Definition of zigzag (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to form into a zigzag or move along a zigzag course

intransitive verb

: to lie in, proceed along, or consist of a zigzag course

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Other Words from zigzag

Noun

zigzaggy \ ˈzig-​ˌza-​gē How to pronounce zigzaggy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for zigzag

Synonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, jink, sidestep, slalom, weave

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Examples of zigzag in a Sentence

Noun

The kids were running in circles and zigzags around the yard. He's wearing a shirt with red zigzags on it.

Verb

We saw a motorcycle zigzagging on the highway. The player with the ball zigzagged back and forth down the field. A dirt road zigzags up the steep hill to our cabin.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lace the meat lengthwise in a zigzag through the bamboo skewer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-inflammatory diet: a food fight against disease," 27 Aug. 2019 In the fifth second, the car’s driver pilots the vehicle in jubilant zigzags while guests jog alongside and cheer. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "Let’s have a gender-reveal party that reveals gender is a construct," 30 July 2019 The script was meant to be read in a zigzag fashion, from left to right and top to bottom. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "At the British Library, Writing Is a Work of Art," 29 July 2019 In 2017, the local League of Women Voters organized a 5 K run-walk along parts of the line between the 10th and 11th districts in an effort to underscore what the group saw as its ludicrous zigzags. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "With No Supreme Court End to Gerrymandering, Will States Make It More Extreme?," 28 June 2019 In this way, a series of triangulation points could be mapped, and the van could proceed to the satellite by a zigzag path, stopping every twenty miles to correct any error. David Canfield, EW.com, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 To the north, where the facade meets Milan’s skyline and becomes mostly glass, cantilevering over the street, the block breaks into a zigzag of shifting floor plates, rectangles and trapezoids, the whole building wedged onto a triangular plot. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 The zigzag motif was handled sublimely on a gray creation with knife pleating that looked like a human had mated with a jellyfish. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Among the occupants of the site: a McDonald’s, a dental clinic, and a bank with a curious zigzag of a roof. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Forman has had to change flooring twice as the EU zigzagged on that issue. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "A Brexit Party politician owns London’s oldest smoked salmon factory," 11 Sep. 2019 The inward and outward curves (zigzag shape) of the towers are supported by columns that shift in or out between floors. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Engineering the Vista Tower," 3 Sep. 2019 And zigzagging on basic policy -- this week reversing himself on guns. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 25, 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Previously only offered in solid colors, this is the first Allbirds model that’s available in patterns: polka dots, zigzag lines, and houndstooth. Chelsey Hamilton, Health.com, "The Cult-Favorite Sneakers That Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More Celebs Love Just Launched the Cutest New Styles," 9 July 2019 To clean screens, touch pads and exteriors, move a flat-weave microfiber cloth in an S pattern, starting from the top corner and zigzagging down to the bottom of the screen to avoid streaks and to cover larger areas, Maker says. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "Your phone and laptop probably won’t make you sick (but you should still clean them)," 15 Aug. 2019 Humans have for a long time admired the design of this creature, one that can fly backwards and zigzag with abrupt turns. Anchorage Daily News, "The dragonfly, Alaska’s state insect, is a nimble flying machine," 20 July 2019 Al-Bashir governed with an iron fist while also zigzagging strategically to divide his opponents. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Sudan leader’s iron grip finally slips amid protests," 12 Apr. 2019 The ship had in fact been zigzagging during daylight, but after darkness fell the captain deemed such maneuvering unnecessary. Walter R. Borneman, WSJ, "‘Indianapolis’ Review: Supreme Sacrifice," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of zigzag

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1750, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for zigzag

Noun

French

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More Definitions for zigzag

zigzag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line that has a series of short, sharp turns or angles

zigzag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move along a path that has a series of short, sharp turns or angles

zigzag

noun
zig·​zag | \ ˈzig-ˌzag How to pronounce zigzag (audio) \

Kids Definition of zigzag

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : one of a series of short sharp turns or angles in a line or course
2 : a line, path, or pattern with a series of short sharp angles

zigzag

adverb

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 2 of 4)

: in or by a line or course that has short sharp turns or angles He ran zigzag across the field.

zigzag

adjective

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 3 of 4)

: having short sharp turns or angles

zigzag

verb
zigzagged; zigzagging

Kids Definition of zigzag (Entry 4 of 4)

: to form into or move along a line or course that has short sharp turns or angles Both kids took off, zigzagging around trees and bushes.— Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer

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