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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 Buccaneers are stout against the run, so consider this as my zig when everyone else zags. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 The tiny snake, dubbed the Hispaniolan Vine Boa (Chilabothrus ampelophis), has wide eyes, a unique zig-zagging scale pattern, and a square snout. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2021 The bold marble zig-zag flooring, black, white and grey with flashes of jade, is set against smart navy velvet seating, silk cushions and sleek surfaces, giving a gleaming appeal. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Lures are worked in the twitch-twitch-twitch motion that causes a zig-zagging stop and go action, but the retrieve can be much faster than normal because the fish are fired up and triggered by the fast moving bait. Frank Sargeant, al, 5 Sep. 2021 The trail zigged and zagged up the mountainside, and Hugo appeared at the end of a zig and kept zigging. Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021 Nearby, his friend rotates a board on his head while another uses zig-zags down concrete steps. Dan Campisi, CNN, 23 July 2021 Designed by Aline Lafargue, the character named Schuss had a two-colored head positioned on a zig-zag shaped foot. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 The Eegee's ranch fry is a simple tub of perfectly crisp crinkle fries, topped with a zig-zag of the chain's proprietary ranch blend, a thick and flavorful take on the creamy dip. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Instead of one statement piece, the designer convinced them to go with six drop lights arranged in a zig-zag pattern, each thoughtfully designed to reflect different forms and hues threaded throughout the house. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 Eight plays later, Seminole Ridge quarterback Will Rimes zig-zagged his way for a 13-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-14 at half. Mike May, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Oct. 2021 But a general lack of correlation doesn’t guarantee crypto will zig when the market zags over the short term. Matt Hougan, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Migrating caribou might zig instead of zag, bypassing expectant hunters. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 On top of the frame sit three types of springs arranged in a zig-zag pattern, offering different levels of support in the front, middle, and back of the sofa. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 21 July 2021 The conjecture is every bit as dizzying as the watch's zig-zag guilloché patterned dial. Stephen Watson, Town & Country, 22 June 2021

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1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Zig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zig. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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