seesaw

Definitions

  • On a seesaw
    On a seesaw
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seesaw move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
    • v seesaw move up and down as if on a seesaw
    • v seesaw ride on a plank
    • n seesaw a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Seesaw A plank or board adjusted for this play.
    • Seesaw A play among children in which they are seated upon the opposite ends of a plank which is balanced in the middle, and move alternately up and down.
    • Seesaw A vibratory or reciprocating motion. "He has been arguing in a circle; there is thus a seesaw between the hypothesis and fact."
    • a Seesaw Moving up and down, or to and fro; having a reciprocating motion.
    • Seesaw (Whist) Same as Crossruff.
    • v. t Seesaw To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion. "He seesaws himself to and fro."
    • v. i Seesaw To move with a reciprocating motion; to move backward and forward, or upward and downward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seesaw A sport in which two children sit one at each end of a board or long piece of timber balanced on some support, and move alternately up and down. This amusement is of remote antiquity; it is familiar in Greek vase-paintings as a pastime, especially of girls older than the children who usually resort to it now.
    • n seesaw A board adjusted for this sport.
    • n seesaw Any process resembling directly or indirectly the reciprocating motion of the see-saw.
    • n seesaw Especially.
    • n seesaw A circular definition or proof; the definition of a word or thing by means of another which is itself defined by means of the first; the proof of a proposition by means of a premise which is itself proved from the first proposition as a premise.
    • n seesaw In whist, the playing of two partners so that each alternately trumps a low non-trump card led by the other; a double ruff; a cross-ruff.
    • seesaw Reciprocating; reciprocal; back and forth, or up and down: as, a see-saw motion.
    • seesaw To move as in the see-saw; move backward and forward, or upward and downward; teeter: literally or figuratively.
    • seesaw To cause to move or act in a see-saw manner.
    • n seesaw A motion of a steam-engine governor which oscillates on both sides of its mean or neutral position and causes the speed of rotation of the engine to vary above and below the mean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Seesaw sē′saw motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing: a play among children, in which two seated at opposite ends of a board supported in the centre move alternately up and down
    • adj Seesaw moving up and down, or to and fro: reciprocal
    • v.i Seesaw to move backwards and forwards
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably a reduplication of saw, to express the alternate motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing

Usage

In literature:

Then the "drug" caught her, and she seesawed again up into the wind and rode springily.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
There was no seesaw bucking about her.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Seesaw, example of a lever, 57-58*.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
In him the two individualities that make up nearly every human being swung and seesawed.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
We will put it over this great stone and I will play at seesaw with the little ones.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
Use two light sticks for the seesaw, to which tack one figure in a vertical position and the other on a slant.
"Primary Handwork" by Ella Victoria Dobbs
The feller that knows it all, and walks like a seesaw.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
At the foot of the table is the First Lord of the Seesaw.
"Yellow-Cap and Other Fairy-Stories For Children" by Julian Hawthorne
For three weeks they seesaw back and forth.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
I do not understand how the seesaw has tilted so suddenly.
"The Flower Princess" by Abbie Farwell Brown
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In poetry:

At last the ancient inn appears,
The spreading elm below,
Whose flapping sign these fifty years
Has seesawed to and fro.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The seesaw battle between General Motors and Toyota for global sales leadership just tipped in Toyota's direction again.
Mostly it's just these goats wandering around the seesaw, not really sure what's going on.
UPDATE SWHS loses seesaw battle to Cedarcrest.
Falcons lose seesaw battle to Cedarcrest.
Markets Seesaw On Interest Rate Cut News.
Support continues to seesaw for Belichick.
JThe Sixers have me on a seesaw .
Iran, the United States and a Nuclear Seesaw.
In my post " The Arctic- Antarctic seesaw " I explained how natural forces work to produce these phenomena.
Two gingerbread men play on a seesaw in one of the holiday light displays featured at the Medina County Fairgrounds.
Generous voters ride political seesaw.
Oil seesaws as US job growth offsets budget deadlock.
The day began with an obstacle course, which included a hanging ring, a seesaw, weave poles and a bridge, Reale said.
SeeSaw's portfolio of brand advertisers can place advertising with Ripple 's network of geographically targeted lifestyle content delivered by partners including CBS, E Entertainment, Reuters, "The New York Times" and Yahoo.
Delta Gamma members Brandon Hofherr and Erin Kennedy seesaw while fellow sisters Allie Malone and Meghan Greenwalt collect donations for Seesaw for Sight.
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In science:

Our explicit example uses a family of seesaw elements, described by Cleary and Taback , which are words for which there are two different possible suffixes for geodesic representatives.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
We extend the results of Section 5 to general groups containing seesaw elements in Section 6.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
We notice from the definition that if w is a seesaw element of swing k then geodesic representatives for w can have exactly two suffixes of length k– either g k or g−k .
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
Examples of seesaw elements in F are given explicitly in the following theorem, and illustrated in Figure 5.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
We use the seesaw elements defined in Theorem 27 to find an infinite number of distinct cone types in F .
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
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