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English definition of “zigzag”

zigzag

noun [C] uk   /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/ us  

zigzag noun [C] (LINE)

a line or pattern that looks like a Z or a row of Zs joined together: a zigzag path/road/coastline a fabric with a zigzag pattern The children ran in zigzags around the playground until they were exhausted.

zigzag noun [C] (CHANGE)

a situation in which actions, plans, or ideas change suddenly and completely, and then change back again equally suddenly: The Washington Post complained of 'two weeks of policy zigzags'. The country seems to have been following a zigzag course between democracy and dictatorship.

zigzag

verb [I] uk   /ˈzɪɡ.zæɡ/ (-gg-) us  

zigzag verb [I] (FORM SHAPE)

(also zig and zag) to make a movement or shape like a zigzag: The road zigzags along a rocky coastline.

zigzag verb [I] (CHANGE)

to change suddenly and completely, and then change back again equally suddenly: The market zigzagged during the day but finished higher in the afternoon.
(Definition of zigzag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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