- 1A line or course having abrupt alternate right and left turns: she traced a zigzag on the metal with her fingerMore example sentences
- The police are having to take positive action in a bid to stop parents dropping off or picking up their children on the zigzag lines outside three more schools.
- Rectangular cells, gently arching lines and compressed zigzags proliferate across the supports.
- she shows weals on her thigh, thin green lines in a short zigzag.
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- Having the form of a zigzag; veering to right and left alternately: when chased by a predator, some animals take a zigzag courseMore example sentences
- He initiated this possibility by manipulating versions of the liar's paradox with zigzag graphs of truth and falsehood states.
- Gung-ho climbers can tackle the zigzag trail up the steep incline.
- Have a look inside for the jazzy zigzag Norman chancel arch.
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- Have or move along in a zigzag course: the path zigzagged between dry rises in the landMore example sentences
- I once rented a scooter and zigzagged along most of San Miguel's streets to see the neighborhoods.
- For two weeks he sat on a bus that zigzagged along the eastern seaboard picking up other criminals who were being reassigned from one jail to another.
- They zigzagged along until Estrella found herself in the familiar surroundings of the underground meeting hall.
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- It was like long snakes zigzaggedly going through a forest full of fireflies showing them direction.
- His mother just did farm chores for her in-laws and babbled on zigzaggedly since his birth.
- He comes quite near and I swim up towards him, but my buddy makes biting motions, so I back off and the leopard shark swims zigzaggedly on his way.
early 18th century: from French, from German Zickzack, symbolic of alternation of direction, first applied to fortifications.