wiggle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wiggle move to and fro "Don't jiggle your finger while the nurse is putting on the bandage!"
    • n wiggle the act of wiggling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In NYC, "it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand."
    • n Wiggle Act of wiggling; a wriggle.
    • v. t. & i Wiggle To move to and fro with a quick, jerking motion; to bend rapidly, or with a wavering motion, from side to side; to wag; to squirm; to wriggle; as, the dog wiggles his tail; the tadpole wiggles in the water.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Marilyn Monroe used to cut down the heel on one of her shoes to achieve her butt-wiggling walk in films.
    • wiggle To waggle; wabble; wriggle.
    • n wiggle A waggling or wriggling motion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wiggle wig′l (prov.) to waggle, wriggle
    • n Wiggle a wiggling motion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Wag (v. t.) Waggle

Usage

In literature:

But we wiggled out again.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
We'll have to get a wiggle on.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
He wiggled his back tentatively to see whether the knife was penetrating his clothing.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Were one's chances of success greater if she wiggled the rod?
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
If you wouldn't go on breathing, it wouldn't wiggle around so much!
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
A. L. W., Washington Territory, sends a neat "Wiggle," which we are sorry came too late to be printed.
"Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880" by Various
She wiggled her ears and squealed.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Get a wiggle on, Ben.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
He wiggled one hand, and smiled sheepishly, as he caught sight of us.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
To my mind, she'd sooner be slapped in the face by us than have us try an' wiggle out of the deal.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
The first time Bobby called, Rover wiggled his ears but went on dozing.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
Binding the wiggling arms to the chair, he made the ends fast behind.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Little Jack Rabbit wiggled his pink nose, but said nothing.
"Little Jack Rabbit's Adventures" by David Cory
Unfortunately your drawings of Wiggle No.
"Harper's Young People, May 11, 1880" by Various
We are very sorry your Wiggles came too late to be printed among our answers to No.
"Harper's Young People, July 20, 1880" by Various
Now, get a wiggle on.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Cold sweat oozed as I wiggled backward into the cavern again.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
All roads and trails "wiggled and wingled around" so that some families were several miles from a neighbor.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
He tried wiggling his toes and felt none.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
When he came in they showed their teeth and tongues and wiggled their hips.
"Brown John's Body" by Winston Marks
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In poetry:

"Banana's swift and nimble,
His way is safe and slick;
He gets out of his trouser-leg
With a wiggle and a kick.
"December" by Nancy Byrd Turner

In news:

So, is there any wiggle room in the negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Wiggle Your Toes for Life — Diabetes.
Wiggle Your Toes for Life – Diabetes.
With little wiggle room, Woodside gets a big win.
Fitness expert Fitz Koehler talks to future Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie about his workout routine.
Now the rover will be wiggling those toes.
We have little doubt that city officials can find legal wiggle room for a few "no-panhandling" zones.
Wiggle room in mine permit process.
Wiggle room in placing corrections.
How 'Smash' Costumes Help Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty Make Their Marilyns More Than Wiggle .
Wiggle 's online stores field more than 1 million visits a week.
Wiggle 's management, led by Andy Bond and Humphrey Cobbold, will remain with the business and personally invest in it as part of the deal, the statement said.
Jell-O Has Nothing On This Bowl ( Wiggle ).
Postal Reform Bill Has Too Much Wiggle Room .
At 3-1, they've given themselves some wiggle room that they'll likely need.
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In science:

The theoretical wiggle functions are multiplied by the ˆb-moment of the biasing function.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
In Fig. 13 the transformation ratio of the wiggle function is plotted at different redshifts for two cosmologies that differ from the reference model only in w0 (the redshift-independent part of w).
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
The reference and the distorted wiggle function are plotted.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
In the upper panel, it can be seen that the wiggle function gets more and more out of phase as k increases.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
Note that the three-dimensional wiggle function is only constructed to simulate the effects of different parallel and perpendicular scaling factors.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
It does not address the anisotropy introduced by redshift space effects, because we found that this only boosts the various modes but not change the phases of the theoretical wiggle function (see Sect 5).
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
Figure 15 shows in the upper left panel the combined wiggle function of the four XW wedge cubes of the Hubble Volume Simulation.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
The errors represent the standard deviation of all wiggle points in the corresponding k-bins.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
When w0 → −∞, the theoretical wiggle function formally mimics the case of zero amplitude, so that low values of w0 are excluded with about the same significance as the “no-wiggle ” case of zero amplitude.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
Combined wiggle functions from the four Hubble Volume cubes.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
The continuous lines are the theoretical wiggle functions for the reference (concordance) cosmology.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
The upper right panel of Fig. 15 shows wiggle functions extracted from the 100 square degree data but with error bars expected for 200 - 600 square degrees.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
Figure 15 shows that increasing the survey volume to 200 square degrees does not reduce the error bars significantly, still allowing for crucial data points at peaks of the oscillating wiggle function to be reduced to zero amplitude.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
There are two drawbacks of this method: First, the ratio of a complex power spectrum and a reference power spectrum does not resemble a wiggle function as de fined in the text, but something more complicated (see Eq. 4 ).
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
The simple form of the theoretical wiggle function (Eq. 1) is strongly deformed by both the chosen transfer function of the reference spectrum and the distortions introduced by redshift space and galaxy biasing.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
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