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zig·zag / ˈzigˌzag/ • n. a line or course having abrupt alternate right and left turns. ∎  a turn on such a course: a series of sharp zigzags. • adj. having the form of a zigzag; veering to right and left alternately: when chased by a predator, some animals take a zigzag course. • adv. so as to move right and left alternately: she drives zigzag across the city. • v. (-zagged , -zag·ging ) [intr.] have or move along in a zigzag course: the path zigzagged between the trees. DERIVATIVES: zig·zag·ged·ly / -ˌzagədlē/ adv.

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zig-zag.
1. Romanesque decorative Z- or V- and inverted V-(Λ) shaped device (chevron or dancette), either incised or in relief, occurring in a continuous band or string (as at Southwell Minster, Notts.), as an ornament around an arch or series of arches (see order), or cut into the drum of a pier (as at Durham Cathedral). This architectural ornament has several variations

2. Plan-form of fortifications with gun-emplacements built outwards with salient angles.

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ZigZag ★★★ 2002 (R)

Louis “ZigZag” Fletcher (Jones) is an autistic 15-year-old who lives in fear of his dad Fletcher (Sniper), an abusive drug addict. ZigZag works after school as a dishwasher for the foul-mouthed Toad (Platt) and his one caring friend is his volunteer Big Brother, Dean (Leguizamo), who has cancer. As if things are bad enough, after a confrontation with Fletcher, ZigZag steals $9,000 from Toad to give to his dad and Dean goes to a loan shark (Goss) to get the money to return to Toad's safe before he realizes it's missing. Based on the novel by Landon J. Napoleon; Goyer's directorial debut. The sort of story that can easily descend into sap but doesn't thanks to some fearless performances and Goyer's tight control. 101m/C VHS, DVD . Sam Jones III, John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Oliver Platt, Natasha Lyonne, Sherman Augustus, Luke Goss, Michael Greyeyes, Elizabeth Pena; D: David S. Goyer; W: David S. Goyer; C: James L. Carter; M: Grant Lee Phillips.

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zigzag sb. and adj. XVIII (ziczac). — F. zigzag. †ziczac — G. zickzack, of symbolic formation.
Hence zigzag vb., zigzagged XVIII.