zigzag
I. noun Etymology: French Date: 1712 one of a series of short sharp turns, angles, or alterations in a course; also something having the form or character of such a series <
a blouse with green zigzags
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<
endured the zigzags of policy — Richard Bernstein
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zigzaggy adjective II. adverb Date: circa 1730 in or by a zigzag path or course III. adjective Date: 1750 having short sharp turns or angles <
a zigzag trail
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IV. verb (zigzagged; zigzagging) Date: 1777 transitive verb to form into a zigzag or move along a zigzag course intransitive verb to lie in, proceed along, or consist of a zigzag course

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  • zigzag — [ zigzag ] n. m. • 1718; en ziczac 1694; « assemblage articulé de pièces en losange pouvant s allonger et se replier à volonté » 1662; formation expressive évoquant un va et vient ♦ Ligne brisée formant des angles alternativement saillants et… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • zigzag — ZIGZÁG, zigzaguri, s.n. Linie frântă care pare formată din mai multe litere Z puse cap la cap. ♢ loc. adv. În zigzag = în formă de linie frântă, şerpuit. [var.: zigzác s.n.] – Din fr. zigzag, germ. Zickzack. Trimis de valeriu, 02.06.2003. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • zigzag — [zig′zag΄] n. [Fr, prob. < Ger zickzack, redupl. < zacke, a tooth, sharp prong or point] 1. a series of short, sharp angles or turns in alternate directions, as in a line or course 2. something characterized by such a series, as a design,… …   English World dictionary

  • Zigzag — ig zag , n. [F. zigzag, G. zickzack, from zacke, zacken, a dentil, tooth. Cf. {Tack} a small nail.] [1913 Webster] 1. Something that has short turns or angles. [1913 Webster] The fanatics going straight forward and openly, the politicians by the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zigzag — ig zag , v. i. To move in a zigzag manner; also, to have a zigzag shape. R. Browning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zigzag — m. Línea que en su desarrollo forma ángulos alternativos, entrantes y salientes. en zigzag. loc. adj. U. para denotar movimiento, colocación, etc., en esta clase de línea. U. t. c. loc. adv.) …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • zigzag — ► NOUN ▪ a line or course having abrupt alternate right and left turns. ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ veering to right and left alternately. ► VERB (zigzagged, zigzagging) ▪ take a zigzag course. ORIGIN German Zickzack …   English terms dictionary

  • Zigzag — ig zag , a. Having short, sharp turns; running this way and that in an onward course. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zigzag — Zig zag , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Zigzagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Zigzagging}.] To form with short turns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zigzag — index circuitous, indirect, indirection (ii direct action), sinuous, tortuous (bending) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • zigzag — ‘Línea que en su desarrollo forma ángulos alternativos, entrantes y salientes’. Su plural es zigzags (→ plural, 1h): «Para andar por él había que hacer zigzags entre los montones de libros» (Alba Pájaro [Esp. 1975]). Se desaconseja su escritura… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

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