Seesaw meaning

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A series of alternating movements or feelings.
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(intransitive) To use a seesaw.
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(intransitive) To fluctuate.
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To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion.
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A long plank balanced on a central fulcrum so that with a person riding on each end, one end goes up as the other goes down.
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The act or game of riding a seesaw.
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A back-and-forth or up-and-down movement.
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An action or process in which something repeatedly changes from one condition or situation to another.

The seesaw in temperatures.

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To play on a seesaw.
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To move back and forth or up and down.
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To change back and forth from one condition or situation to another.

The lead see-sawed for much of the tennis match.

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A plank balanced on a support at the middle, used by children at play, who ride the ends so that when one goes up, the other comes down.
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The act of riding a plank in this way.
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Any up-and-down or back-and-forth movement or change, as in the lead in a competition.
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Moving up and down or back and forth.
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To move on or as on a seesaw.
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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.
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A series of up-and-down movements.
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Origin of seesaw

  • Reduplication of saw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary