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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wigwag \Wig"wag`\, v. i. [See Wag, v. t.] (Naut.) To signal by means of a flag waved from side to side according to a code adopted for the purpose. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
Wigwag \Wig"wag`\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Wigwagged; p. pr. & vb. n. Wigwagging.] To move to and fro, to wag. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Wigwag \Wig"wag`\, n. [See Wigwag, v. t. & i.] Act or art of wigwagging; a message wigwagged; -- chiefly attributive; as, the wigwag code. -- Wig"wag`er, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Word Net



1 send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
2 signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code [also: wigwagging, wigwagged]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. Any of a number of mechanical or electrical devices which cause a component to oscillate between two states.


  1. to oscillate between two states.
  2. to send a signal by waving a single flag.
Wigwag can denote the following:
  • A wigwag is a type of railroad level crossing signal.
  • A wig-wag is an automotive headlight flasher.
  • A wigwag is a mechanism used in some washing machines.
  • A wig wag is a warning mechanism on truck braking systems.
  • Wig-wag (or wigwagging) is a method of flag signalling.
  • A wig-wag is a warning light on a movie sound stage.
  • Wigwag was an American magazine published from 1988 until 1991.
  • A wigwag (glassblowing)
N.B.: Generally, the spellings "wigwag", "wig-wag", and "wig wag" are used interchangeably.
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