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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 ?
The thunder was loud and metallic, like the rattle of sheet iron, and the lightning broke in great zigzags across the heavens, making everything stand out and come close to us for a moment.
If there had not been so much anger, there would have been desperate awkwardness; but their straightforward emotions left no room for the little zigzags of embarrassment.
At the edge of the road, mingling with the brambles, grew holly bushes, and here and there stood large dead trees whose branches traced zigzags upon the blue sky.
At last, in one of its awkward zigzags, it managed to fly right into my face, and, by the time I had recovered from the shock, the little Fairy was gone.
The Mark Boat signals we must attend to the derelict, now whistling her death-song, as she falls beneath us in long sick zigzags.
At another place it was cut in zigzags out of the side of a precipice five hundred feet deep, and in a third it tunnelled through the base of an intervening ridge, a space of thirty yards or more.
Impossible to class it in that ancient family of sombre, mysterious churches, low and crushed as it were by the round arch, almost Egyptian, with the exception of the ceiling; all hieroglyphics, all sacerdotal, all symbolical, more loaded in their ornaments, with lozenges and zigzags, than with flowers, with flowers than with animals, with animals than with men; the work of the architect less than of the bishop; first transformation of art, all impressed with theocratic and military discipline, taking root in the Lower Empire, and stopping with the time of William the Conqueror.
They are not always too grossly deceived; for Sinbad himself may have fallen by good-luck on a true description, and wrong reasoning sometimes lands poor mortals in right conclusions: starting a long way off the true point, and proceeding by loops and zigzags, we now and then arrive just where we ought to be.
As they forced their way up the zigzags, they caught glimpses out and down through the sea of foliage.
To the unaided eye there is nothing but a black figure on a white horse, tracing slow zigzags against the slope of a distant hill - so slowly they seem almost to creep.
He tried to catch it, but the mouse ran to and fro in zigzags without leaving the bed, slipped between his fingers, ran over his hand and suddenly darted under the pillow.
Pursuing a zigzag course across the marketplace, the child returned to her mother, and communicated what the mariner had said.