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 for Zigzag
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zigzag \Zig"zag`\, n. [F. zigzag, G. zickzack, from zacke,
     zacken, a dentil, tooth. Cf. Tack a small nail.]
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     1. Something that has short turns or angles.
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              The fanatics going straight forward and openly, the
              politicians by the surer mode of zigzag. --Burke.
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     2. (Arch.) A molding running in a zigzag line; a chevron, or
        series of chevrons. See Illust. of Chevron, 3.
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     3. (Fort.) See Boyau.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zigzag \Zig"zag`\, a.
     Having short, sharp turns; running this way and that in an
     onward course.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zigzag \Zig"zag`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Zigzagged; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Zigzagging.]
     To form with short turns.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Zigzag \Zig"zag`\, v. i.
     To move in a zigzag manner; also, to have a zigzag shape.
     --R. Browning.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: in a zigzag course or on a zigzag path; "birds flew
             zigzag across the blue sky"
      adj 1: having short sharp turns or angles [syn: zigzag, zig-
      n 1: an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in
           alternating directions [syn: zigzag, zig, zag]
      v 1: travel along a zigzag path; "The river zigzags through the
           countryside" [syn: zigzag, crank]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  212 Moby Thesaurus words for "zigzag":
     L, V-shaped, Y-shaped, aberrancy, aberrant, aberration, aberrative,
     akimbo, alternate, angle, angle off, angular, apex, avoidance,
     avoiding reaction, back and fill, battledore and shuttlecock, bend,
     bendy, bent, bias, bifurcate, bifurcation, bight, branch,
     branching off, cant, chevron, chevronwise, chevrony, circuitous,
     circuitousness, circumvention, coin, come and go, corner, cornered,
     crank, crankiness, crankle, crankled, crook, crooked, crookedness,
     crotched, crotchet, curve, curvy, declination, defense mechanism,
     deflect, deflection, departing, departure, desultory, detour,
     deviance, deviancy, deviant, deviate, deviating, deviation,
     deviative, deviatory, devious, deviousness, diffract, diffuse,
     digression, digressive, discursion, discursive, disperse, distort,
     divagation, divarication, diverge, divergence, diversion, divert,
     dodge, dogleg, double, drift, drifting, duck, ebb and flow, elbow,
     ell, elusion, elusiveness, equivocation, errant, errantry, erratic,
     escape, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, excursion, excursive,
     excursus, exorbitation, flexuosity, flexuous, forbearance,
     forestalling, forestallment, fork, forked, furcal, furcate,
     furcation, geniculate, geniculated, getting around, hairpin,
     hitch and hike, hook, hooked, indirect, indirection, inflection,
     jagged, jink, knee, knee-shaped, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering,
     neutrality, nonintervention, noninvolvement, nook, obliquity,
     out-of-the-way, pass and repass, pererration, planetary, point,
     pointed, prevention, pull, quoin, rambling, reciprocate, refract,
     refraining, ride and tie, roving, saw-toothed, sawtooth, scatter,
     seesaw, serpentine, serrate, sharp, sharp-cornered, sheer, shift,
     shifting, shifting course, shifting path, shunning, shunting off,
     shuttle, shuttlecock, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, skew, slant,
     slip, snaky, stagger, staggered, stray, straying, sweep, swerve,
     swerving, swing, swinging, switchback, tack, teeter, teeter-totter,
     the runaround, to-and-fro, turn, turning, twist, twisting, twisty,
     undirected, vagrant, variation, veer, veering, vertex, wandering,
     warp, wax and wane, wibble-wabble, wigwag, winding, yaw, zag, zig,
     zigzaggery, zigzaggy, zigzagways

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ZIGZAG, v.t.  To move forward uncertainly, from side to side, as one
  carrying the white man's burden.  (From _zed_, _z_, and _jag_, an
  Icelandic word of unknown meaning.)
      He zedjagged so uncomen wyde
      Thet non coude pas on eyder syde;
      So, to com saufly thruh, I been
      Constreynet for to doodge betwene.

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