- a line, course, or progression characterized by sharp turns first to one side and then to the other.
- one of a series of such turns, as in a line or path.
- proceeding or formed in a zigzag: zigzag stitches.
- with frequent sharp turns from side to side; in a zigzag manner: The child ran zigzag along the beach.
- to make (something) zigzag, as in form or course; move or maneuver (something) in a zigzag direction: They zigzagged their course to confuse the enemy.
- to proceed in a zigzag line or course.
Origin of zigzag
1705–15; < French; replacing earlier ziczac < French < German zickzack, gradational compound based on Zacke tack1
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Examples from the Web for zigzag
The first was christened by the great etiquette guru Emily Post as “zigzag” eating.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
Where the drawing is white, cover the page with zigzag lines.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And there she was, waiting for them in the wet, at the first turn of the zigzag.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
The lines of wall, floor and ceiling were strangely off proportion, zigzag, unrelated.Warm
Carmena dropped it at his feet and began to zigzag down the mesa side.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
- a line or course characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
- one of the series of such turns
- something having the form of a zigzag
- (usually prenominal) formed in or proceeding in a zigzag
- (of sewing machine stitches) produced in a zigzag by a swing needle used for joining stretch fabrics, neatening raw edges, etc
- in a zigzag manner
- to proceed or cause to proceed in a zigzag
- (tr) to form into a zigzag
C18: from French, from German zickzack, from Zacke point, jagged projection; see tack 1
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