Definitions for: Zigzag


[n] an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
[adv] in a zigzag course or on a zigzag path; "birds flew zigzag across the blue sky"
[adj] having short sharp turns or angles
[v] travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the countryside"



Webster (1913) Definition: Zig"zag`, n. [F. zigzag, G. zickzack, from zacke,
zacken, a dentil, tooth. Cf. Tack a small nail.]
1. Something that has short turns or angles.

The fanatics going straight forward and openly, the
politicians by the surer mode of zigzag. --Burke.

2. (Arch.) A molding running in a zigzag line; a chevron, or
series of chevrons. See Illust. of Chevron, 3.

3. (Fort.) See Boyau.


Zig"zag`, a.
Having short, sharp turns; running this way and that in an
onward course.


Zig"zag`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Zigzagged; p. pr. & vb.
n. Zigzagging.]
To form with short turns.


Zig"zag`, v. i.
To move in a zigzag manner; also, to have a zigzag shape.
--R. Browning.

Synonyms: crank, crooked, zag, zig

See Also: angular shape, angularity, go, locomote, move, travel, turn

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Famous Quotes Containing Zigzag:


I'm just taking one step at a time. I could zigzag one way, but it's not usually on purpose.

-- Beck (American Musician)

I see that the path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.

-- Kelly Miller (American Sociologist)

The main stem was then in most cases twisted in a zigzag form, which process checked the flow of the sap, and at the same time encouraged the production of side branches at those parts of the stem where they were most desired.

-- Robert Fortune (Scottish Scientist)


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