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zig·zag

 (zĭg′zăg′)
n.
1.
a. A line or course that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions.
b. One of a series of such sharp turns.
2. Something, such as a road or design, that exhibits one or a series of sharp turns.
adj.
Moving in or having a zigzag.
adv.
In a zigzag manner or pattern.
v. zig·zagged, zig·zag·ging, zig·zags
v.intr.
To move in or form a zigzag: a destroyer zigzagging to evade torpedoes.
v.tr.
To cause to move in or form a zigzag.

[French, alteration of zic-zac, from German Zickzack, perhaps reduplication of Zacke, tooth, cog, from Middle High German zacke, point, nail.]

zigzag

(ˈzɪɡˌzæɡ)
n
1. a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
2. one of the series of such turns
3. something having the form of a zigzag
adj
4. (usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
5. (Knitting & Sewing) (of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
adv
in a zigzag manner
vb, -zags, -zagging or -zagged
6. to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
7. (tr) to form into a zigzag
[C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack1]
ˈzigˌzaggedness n
ˈzigˌzagger n

zig•zag

(ˈzɪgˌzæg)

n., adj., adv., v. -zagged, -zag•ging. n.
1. a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
2. one of a series of such turns, as in a line.
adj.
3. proceeding or formed in a zigzag: zigzag stitches.
adv.
4. in a zigzag manner.
v.t.
5. to make (something) zigzag, as in form or course; move in a zigzag direction.
v.i.
6. to proceed in a zigzag line or course.
[1705–15; < French, earlier ziczac < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1]
zig′zag`ger, n.

zigzag


Past participle: zigzagged
Gerund: zigzagging

Imperative
zigzag
zigzag
Present
I zigzag
you zigzag
he/she/it zigzags
we zigzag
you zigzag
they zigzag
Preterite
I zigzagged
you zigzagged
he/she/it zigzagged
we zigzagged
you zigzagged
they zigzagged
Present Continuous
I am zigzagging
you are zigzagging
he/she/it is zigzagging
we are zigzagging
you are zigzagging
they are zigzagging
Present Perfect
I have zigzagged
you have zigzagged
he/she/it has zigzagged
we have zigzagged
you have zigzagged
they have zigzagged
Past Continuous
I was zigzagging
you were zigzagging
he/she/it was zigzagging
we were zigzagging
you were zigzagging
they were zigzagging
Past Perfect
I had zigzagged
you had zigzagged
he/she/it had zigzagged
we had zigzagged
you had zigzagged
they had zigzagged
Future
I will zigzag
you will zigzag
he/she/it will zigzag
we will zigzag
you will zigzag
they will zigzag
Future Perfect
I will have zigzagged
you will have zigzagged
he/she/it will have zigzagged
we will have zigzagged
you will have zigzagged
they will have zigzagged
Future Continuous
I will be zigzagging
you will be zigzagging
he/she/it will be zigzagging
we will be zigzagging
you will be zigzagging
they will be zigzagging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been zigzagging
you have been zigzagging
he/she/it has been zigzagging
we have been zigzagging
you have been zigzagging
they have been zigzagging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been zigzagging
you will have been zigzagging
he/she/it will have been zigzagging
we will have been zigzagging
you will have been zigzagging
they will have been zigzagging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been zigzagging
you had been zigzagging
he/she/it had been zigzagging
we had been zigzagging
you had been zigzagging
they had been zigzagging
Conditional
I would zigzag
you would zigzag
he/she/it would zigzag
we would zigzag
you would zigzag
they would zigzag
Past Conditional
I would have zigzagged
you would have zigzagged
he/she/it would have zigzagged
we would have zigzagged
you would have zigzagged
they would have zigzagged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zigzag - an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directionszigzag - an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
angular shape, angularity - a shape having one or more sharp angles
Verb1.zigzag - travel along a zigzag pathzigzag - travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
Adj.1.zigzag - having short sharp turns or angles
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
Adv.1.zigzag - in a zigzag course or on a zigzag path; "birds flew zigzag across the blue sky"

zigzag

zigzag

verb
To move in a zigzag manner, as on a ski slope:
Translations
مَسْلَك مُتَعَرِّجيَتَعَرَّج، يَسير في مَسْلَك مُتَعَرِّج
klikatit seklikatý
siksakke
zegzugosan halad
sikksakksikksakka
eiti zigzagaiszigzagas
locīties zigzagveidīgizigzagveidīgs
cikcakcikcakastcikcakati
yılankavizikzakzikzak çizmek

zigzag

[ˈzɪgzæg]
A. Nzigzag m
C. ADJen zigzag

zigzag

[ˈzɪgzæg]
nzigzag m
vizigzaguer, faire des zigzags

zigzag

nZickzack m or nt; in a zigzagim Zickzack; the river cuts a zigzag through the rocksder Fluss bahnt sich im Zickzack einen Weg durch die Felsen; we had to make a long zigzag across the icewir mussten uns lange im Zickzack über das Eis bewegen; a pattern of straight lines and zigzagsein Muster aus Geraden und Zickzacklinien
adjZickzack-; road, pathzickzackförmig; zigzag lineZickzacklinie f; to steer a zigzag course (Naut) → Zickzack(kurs) fahren
advzickzackförmig, im Zickzack
viim Zickzack laufen/fahren etc; (Naut) → Zickzack(kurs) fahren; to zigzag alongim Zickzack laufen/fahren etc

zigzag

[ˈzɪgˌzæg]
1. nzigzag m inv
2. vizigzagare
to zigzag across/down/up → attraversare/scendere/salire a zigzag
3. adja zigzag

zigzag

(ˈzigzag) adjective
(of a line, road etc) having sharp bends or angles from side to side. a zigzag path through the woods.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈzigzagged
to move in a zigzag manner. The road zigzagged through the mountains.
References in classic literature ?
Pursuing a zigzag course across the marketplace, the child returned to her mother, and communicated what the mariner had said.
Down from vague and vaporous heights, little ruffled zigzag milky currents came crawling, and found their way to the verge of one of those tremendous overhanging walls, whence they plunged, a shaft of silver, shivered to atoms in mid-descent and turned to an air puff of luminous dust.
This is an uncommonly lively vessel in a sea-way," he used to mutter under his breath, when his legs took him down the passage in zigzag directions, or left him for the moment studying the "Pints of the Compass" on his own system, with his back against the wall.
Coming near the beach, I saw, not only the boatmen, but half the people of the town, lurking behind buildings; some, now and then braving the fury of the storm to look away to sea, and blown sheer out of their course in trying to get zigzag back.
The Golden Fortune, therefore, backed by towering woodlands, looked out to sea at one side, across to the breakwater headland on another, and on its land side commanded a complete view of the gay little haven, with its white houses built terrace on terrace upon its wooded slopes, connected by flights of zigzag steps, by which the apparently inaccessible shelves and platforms circulated their gay life down to the gay heart of the place,--the circular boulevard, exquisitely leafy and cool, where one found the great casino and the open-air theatre, the exquisite orchestra, into which only the mellowest brass and the subtlest strings were admitted, and the Cafe du Ciel, charmingly situated among the trees, where the boulevard became a bridge, for a moment, at the mouth of the river Sly.
The tremors which the more startling flashes caused her, only made her more conscious of her own courage and its contrast with the uneasiness of Gertrude, who at last, shrinking from a forked zigzag of blue flame, said:
She had just succeeded in curving it down into a graceful zigzag, and was going to dive in among the leaves, which she found to be nothing but the tops of the trees under which she had been wandering, when a sharp hiss made her draw back in a hurry: a large pigeon had flown into her face, and was beating her violently with its wings.
We will flash first to Worcester, cross the Hudson on the high bridge at Poughkeepsie, swing southwest through a dozen coal towns to the outskirts of Philadelphia, leap across the Susquehanna, zigzag up and down the Alleghenies into the murk of Pittsburg, cross the Ohio at Wheeling, glance past Columbus and Indianapolis, over the Wabash at Terre Haute, into St.
Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.
Up these they wrought their way with indescribable difficulty and peril, in a zigzag course, climbing from rock to rock, and helping their horses up after them; which scrambled among the crags like mountain goats; now and then dislodging some huge stone, which, the moment they had left it, would roll down the mountain, crashing and rebounding with terrific din.
As the channel of the river frequently shifted from side to side according to the bends and sand-banks, the boat had, in the same way, to advance in a zigzag course.
A small stove with a large pipe, which described a fearful zigzag before it reached the upper regions of the roof, was the necessary and infallible ornament of the room.