Definitions of zag

  1. an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions

Usage examples for zag

  1. His drapery is cast in curious folds of a zig- zag character, following the lines of the composition, whilst the dresses of the other personages fall in broad masses to the ground. – Giorgione by Herbert Cook
  2. But it was manifestly possible to utilise the two currents, and with good luck to zig- zag one's course so as to come within easy signalling distance of the various camps; and, as a matter of fact, we actually passed immediately over Bulford Camp, with which we exchanged signals, while two other camps lay close to right and left of us. – The Dominion of the Air by J. M. Bacon
  3. They wheeled into battalions, and out of battalions, in most glorious disorder- their straight lines were zig- zag. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  4. On these bands the chief ornament is the zig- zag, and curves directly derived therefrom, and the spiral begins to appear as a form of decoration. – The Sea-Kings of Crete by James Baikie
  5. On the cheeks, from eyes to articulation of jaws, are two sub- parallel zig- zag lines of jet black; five to seven straighter lines, less deep in hue, cross the lower back and blend gradually with the caudal rings, which, including the black tip, are about nine in number. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  6. There's a considerable fightin ben done, but it is all criss- cross, zig- zag, an don't amount to nothin, an so it will be to the end of the chapter." – Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia by Seba Smith
  7. To judge by a photograph it must resemble the line over the Brenner Pass in the Tyrol, where, near the station of Gossensass, there is a similar zig- zag. – Six Letters From the Colonies by Robert Seaton
  8. 2119, to denote loose, and the zig- zag marks to indicate tight places. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  9. It was, maybe, to ponder over these words that I took the way up the steep bye- path that led up the beach, an' so zig- zag along the cliff's edge. – Seven Frozen Sailors by George Manville Fenn
  10. It will not draw a man, but an eight- armed monster; it will not draw a flower, but only a spiral or a zig- zag." – Essays by Alice Meynell
  11. Mrs. Devine appeared a trifle uncertain, and her face expressed rather resignation than any special desire to make the descent, but she permitted Brooke to assist her down the zig- zag trail, while Barbara followed with light, fearless tread. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  12. We get a good notion of the Jura in its sterner and more arid aspect during this zig- zag drive, first mounting, then descending. – Holidays in Eastern France by Matilda Betham-Edwards
  13. The pine forest clothing its base resembled turf, while the zig- zag paths above appeared as fine yellow threads. – An Impromptu Ascent of Mont Blanc by W. H. Le Mesurier
  14. You find yourself at the edge of a crater 965 feet deep, the sides in most places precipitous, and the bottom is reached only by a zig- zag path. – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould
  15. At some places it did so for several hundred yards- then it would turn suddenly to the right or left- then turn again and again in zig- zag lines. – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  16. As long as the pursued continued to zig- zag there was little hope of a successful shot. – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  17. Circling all these sacred things was the blue zig- zag of the sky lightening by which Those Above send their decrees to earth children who know the signs, and at each corner the symbols of the Spirit People were on guard. – The Flute of the Gods by Marah Ellis Ryan
  18. They paused in the Ball Room; squeezed through Fat Man's Misery, that zig- zag passage so narrow and winding that the one behind cannot see his neighbor a yard ahead; and then out into the ample comfort of Great Relief. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  19. And what does a broken zig- zag signify, comparable to knowing that the men what we have been pleased to send up to Congress, speaks handsome and straight, as we chooses they should?" – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope