seesaw

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see·saw

 (sē′sô′)
n.
1. A long plank balanced on a central fulcrum so that with a person riding on each end, one end goes up as the other goes down. Also called regionally dandle, dandle board, teedle board, teeter, teeterboard, teeter-totter, tilt1, tilting board.
2. The act or game of riding a seesaw.
3. A back-and-forth or up-and-down movement.
4. An action or process in which something repeatedly changes from one condition or situation to another: the seesaw in temperatures.
intr.v. see·sawed, see·saw·ing, see·saws
1. To play on a seesaw.
2. To move back and forth or up and down.
3. To change back and forth from one condition or situation to another: The lead seesawed for much of the tennis match.

[Reduplication of saw.]
Our Living Language The seesaw is known regionally by many names. In southeast New England it is called a tilt or a tilting board. Speakers in northeast Massachusetts call it a teedle board, and around Narragansett Bay it is often called a dandle or dandle board. Teeter or teeterboard is used more generally in the northeast United States, while teeter-totter, probably the most common term after seesaw, is used across the inland northern states and westward to the West Coast. Both seesaw (from the verb saw) and teeter-totter (from teeter, as in to teeter on the edge) demonstrate the linguistic process called reduplication, where a word or syllable is doubled, often with a different vowel. Reduplication is typical of words that indicate repeated activity, such as riding up and down on a seesaw.

seesaw

(ˈsiːˌsɔː)
n
1. (Games, other than specified) a plank balanced in the middle so that two people seated on the ends can ride up and down by pushing on the ground with their feet
2. (Games, other than specified) the pastime of riding up and down on a seesaw
3.
a. an up-and-down or back-and-forth movement
b. (as modifier): a seesaw movement.
vb
(intr) to move up and down or back and forth in such a manner; oscillate
[C17: reduplication of saw1, alluding to the movement from side to side, as in sawing]

see•saw

(ˈsiˌsɔ)

n.
1. a recreational device on which two children alternately ride up and down while seated at opposite ends of a long plank balanced at the middle.
2. any movement or procedure characterized by ups and downs or vacillation.
adj.
3. moving up and down, back and forth, or alternately ahead and behind.
v.i.
4. to move in a seesaw manner.
5. to ride on a seesaw.
6. to vacillate.
v.t.
7. to cause to move in a seesaw manner.
[1695–1705; gradational compound based on saw1]

seesaw


Past participle: seesawed
Gerund: seesawing

Imperative
seesaw
seesaw
Present
I seesaw
you seesaw
he/she/it seesaws
we seesaw
you seesaw
they seesaw
Preterite
I seesawed
you seesawed
he/she/it seesawed
we seesawed
you seesawed
they seesawed
Present Continuous
I am seesawing
you are seesawing
he/she/it is seesawing
we are seesawing
you are seesawing
they are seesawing
Present Perfect
I have seesawed
you have seesawed
he/she/it has seesawed
we have seesawed
you have seesawed
they have seesawed
Past Continuous
I was seesawing
you were seesawing
he/she/it was seesawing
we were seesawing
you were seesawing
they were seesawing
Past Perfect
I had seesawed
you had seesawed
he/she/it had seesawed
we had seesawed
you had seesawed
they had seesawed
Future
I will seesaw
you will seesaw
he/she/it will seesaw
we will seesaw
you will seesaw
they will seesaw
Future Perfect
I will have seesawed
you will have seesawed
he/she/it will have seesawed
we will have seesawed
you will have seesawed
they will have seesawed
Future Continuous
I will be seesawing
you will be seesawing
he/she/it will be seesawing
we will be seesawing
you will be seesawing
they will be seesawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been seesawing
you have been seesawing
he/she/it has been seesawing
we have been seesawing
you have been seesawing
they have been seesawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been seesawing
you will have been seesawing
he/she/it will have been seesawing
we will have been seesawing
you will have been seesawing
they will have been seesawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been seesawing
you had been seesawing
he/she/it had been seesawing
we had been seesawing
you had been seesawing
they had been seesawing
Conditional
I would seesaw
you would seesaw
he/she/it would seesaw
we would seesaw
you would seesaw
they would seesaw
Past Conditional
I would have seesawed
you would have seesawed
he/she/it would have seesawed
we would have seesawed
you would have seesawed
they would have seesawed

seesaw

teeter-totter
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seesaw - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrumseesaw - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
Verb1.seesaw - ride on a plank
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
2.seesaw - move up and down as if on a seesaw
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
3.seesaw - move unsteadily, with a rocking motionseesaw - move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"

seesaw

verb
To lean suddenly, unsteadily, and erratically from the vertical axis:
Translations
أُرْجُوحةأُرْجوحَهيَتأرْجَح
houpačkahoupat se
vippe
keinulauta
klackalica
libikókamérleghintahintázik
vega saltvega salt, ganga upp og niîurvegasalt
シーソー
널뛰기시소
suptissūpuoklės
šūpoļu dēlisšūpoties
gungbräde
แผ่นกระดานหก
aşağı yukarı inip çıkmaktahteravallitahterevalli
bập bênh

seesaw

[ˈsiːsɔː]
A. N (= apparatus, game) → subibaja m, balancín m
B. ADJ [movement] → oscilante, de vaivén
seesaw motionmovimiento m oscilante or de vaivén
C. VIcolumpiarse (fig) → vacilar

seesaw

[ˈsiːsɔː]
n
(in playground)jeu m de bascule, tapecul m
(for situation)va-et-vient m constant
vi [emotions, mood, stock market, game, opinion poll] → faire du yoyo

seesaw

nWippe f; (fig, back and forth) → Hin und Her nt; (up and down) → Auf und Ab nt
adjschaukelnd; seesaw changesständiges Hin und Her
viwippen; (fig, emotional states) → auf und ab gehen; prices, public opinionschwanken

seesaw

[ˈsiːˌsɔː]
1. naltalena (a bilico)
2. vi (fig) → oscillare

seesaw

(ˈsiːsoː) noun
a long flat piece of wood, metal etc, balanced on a central support so that one end of it goes up as the other goes down. The boy fell off the seesaw in the park.
verb
to move up and down like a seesaw. The boat seesawed on the crest of the wave.

seesaw

أُرْجُوحة houpačka vippe Wippe τραμπάλα balancín, columpio keinulauta bascule klackalica altalena シーソー 시소 wip dumpehuske huśtawka balancé, gangorra детские качели в виде доски, уравновешенной в центре gungbräde แผ่นกระดานหก tahterevalli bập bênh 跷跷板
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