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wig·wag

 (wĭg′wăg′)
v. wig·wagged, wig·wag·ging, wig·wags
v.intr.
1. To move back and forth; wag steadily or rhythmically: watched the pendulum wigwag.
2. To signal by waving a flag, light, or an upraised arm, especially in accordance with a code.
v.tr.
1. To move (something) back and forth steadily or rhythmically.
2. To convey (a message or signal) by waving a flag, light, or an upraised arm.
n.
1. The act or practice of wigwagging.
2. A message sent by this method.

[Dialectal wig, to move + wag.]

wig′wag′ger n.

wigwag

(ˈwɪɡˌwæɡ)
vb, -wags, -wagging or -wagged
1. to move (something) back and forth
2. (Military) to communicate with (someone) by means of a flag semaphore
n
(Military)
a. a system of communication by flag semaphore
b. the message signalled
[C16: from obsolete wig, probably short for wiggle + wag1]
ˈwigˌwagger n

wig•wag

(ˈwɪgˌwæg)

v. -wagged, -wag•ging,
n. v.t., v.i.
1. to move to and fro.
2. Naut. to signal by waving a flag or lantern according to a code.
n.
3. Naut. the act or process of sending messages by the movements of a flag or lantern waved according to a code.
4. a message so signaled.
[1575–85; wig to wag (now dial.) + wag; gradational compound, parallel to zigzag]
wig′wag`ger, n.

wigwag


Past participle: wigwagged
Gerund: wigwagging

Imperative
wigwag
wigwag
Present
I wigwag
you wigwag
he/she/it wigwags
we wigwag
you wigwag
they wigwag
Preterite
I wigwagged
you wigwagged
he/she/it wigwagged
we wigwagged
you wigwagged
they wigwagged
Present Continuous
I am wigwagging
you are wigwagging
he/she/it is wigwagging
we are wigwagging
you are wigwagging
they are wigwagging
Present Perfect
I have wigwagged
you have wigwagged
he/she/it has wigwagged
we have wigwagged
you have wigwagged
they have wigwagged
Past Continuous
I was wigwagging
you were wigwagging
he/she/it was wigwagging
we were wigwagging
you were wigwagging
they were wigwagging
Past Perfect
I had wigwagged
you had wigwagged
he/she/it had wigwagged
we had wigwagged
you had wigwagged
they had wigwagged
Future
I will wigwag
you will wigwag
he/she/it will wigwag
we will wigwag
you will wigwag
they will wigwag
Future Perfect
I will have wigwagged
you will have wigwagged
he/she/it will have wigwagged
we will have wigwagged
you will have wigwagged
they will have wigwagged
Future Continuous
I will be wigwagging
you will be wigwagging
he/she/it will be wigwagging
we will be wigwagging
you will be wigwagging
they will be wigwagging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wigwagging
you have been wigwagging
he/she/it has been wigwagging
we have been wigwagging
you have been wigwagging
they have been wigwagging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wigwagging
you will have been wigwagging
he/she/it will have been wigwagging
we will have been wigwagging
you will have been wigwagging
they will have been wigwagging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wigwagging
you had been wigwagging
he/she/it had been wigwagging
we had been wigwagging
you had been wigwagging
they had been wigwagging
Conditional
I would wigwag
you would wigwag
he/she/it would wigwag
we would wigwag
you would wigwag
they would wigwag
Past Conditional
I would have wigwagged
you would have wigwagged
he/she/it would have wigwagged
we would have wigwagged
you would have wigwagged
they would have wigwagged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wigwag - send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
brandish, wave, flourish - move or swing back and forth; "She waved her gun"
2.wigwag - signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
signal, signalise, signalize, sign - communicate silently and non-verbally by signals or signs; "He signed his disapproval with a dismissive hand gesture"; "The diner signaled the waiters to bring the menu"
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The dictionary entry for "Morse code" names these media as "sounds, flashes of light, written dots and dashes, or wigwags of a flag.
What we're trying to do is establish an outdoor museum of all kinds of railroad signals and the old wigwags and crossing gates and signs,'' said Garges, who recently authored a chapter on local railroads in the book, ``Simi Valley: A Journey Through Time.