Definition of Seesaw

1. Noun. A plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end.

Exact synonyms: Dandle Board, Teeter, Teeter-totter, Teeterboard, Teetertotter, Tilting Board
Group relationships: Playground
Generic synonyms: Plaything, Toy

2. Verb. Ride on a plank.
Exact synonyms: Teeter-totter, Teetertotter
Generic synonyms: Play

3. Verb. Move up and down as if on a seesaw.
Generic synonyms: Move

4. Verb. Move unsteadily, with a rocking motion.
Exact synonyms: Teeter, Totter
Generic synonyms: Move

Definition of Seesaw

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To move with a reciprocating motion; to move backward and forward, or upward and downward.

3. v. t. To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion.

4. a. Moving up and down, or to and fro; having a reciprocating motion.

Definition of Seesaw

1. Noun. 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 ¹

2. Noun. a series of up-and-down movements. ¹

3. Noun. a series of alternating movements or feelings ¹

4. Verb. To use a seesaw. ¹

5. Verb. To fluctuate ¹

6. Adjective. fluctuating. ¹

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Definition of Seesaw

1. to move up and down or back and forth [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Seesaw

sees fit
sees in
sees through
sees to
seesaw (current term)
seesaw murmur
seesaw nystagmus

Literary usage of Seesaw

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1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1850)
"seesaw in the circumstances which have been of hite engaging the attention of the country, ... seesaw himself, and such as all his friends expected of him. ..."

2. Manual Training--play Problems: Constructive Work for Boys and Girls Based by William Samuel Marten (1917)
"In making the zigzag pole for the falling seesaw or teeter, shown in Fig. ... The seesaw as shown is made reversible. When the beam has worked down to the ..."

3. Ye Outside Fools!: Glimpses Inside the London Stock Exchange by Latham Smith (1877)
"We were now assembled in the drawing-room, and I was introduced to Clara seesaw and Mr. Levi Gusher, the Egyptian special. ..."

4. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1839)
"Solomon seesaw. By JP ROBERTSON, with Illustrations by PHIZ. 3 vols. London : Saunders and Otley. So long as novels hold such a numerical preeminence in the ..."

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