seesaw

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A seesaw.

English[edit]

Makeshift seesaws are used for acrobatics.

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Etymology[edit]

Probably a frequentative imitative of rhythmic back-and-forth, up-and-down or zigzaging motion, such as teeter-totter, zigzag, flip-flop, ping-pong, etc., under the umbrella term of reduplication; also likely influenced by the verbs see and saw of either present or past tense.

Noun[edit]

seesaw (plural seesaws)

  1. A structure composed of a plank, balanced in the middle, used as a game in which one person goes up as the other goes down; a teeter-totter
  2. a series of up-and-down movements.
  3. a series of alternating movements or feelings
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      He has been arguing in a circle; there is thus a seesaw between the hypothesis and fact.
    • 2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, BBC Sport:
      Manchester City kept up their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with victory over QPR in an entertaining see-saw encounter at Loftus Road.

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Verb[edit]

seesaw (third-person singular simple present seesaws, present participle seesawing, simple past and past participle seesawed)

  1. (intransitive) To use a seesaw.
  2. (intransitive) To fluctuate.
  3. (transitive) To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion.
    • Ld. Lytton
      He seesaws himself to and fro.

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Adjective[edit]

seesaw (comparative more seesaw, superlative most seesaw)

  1. fluctuating.