from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move back and forth; wag steadily or rhythmically: watched the pendulum wigwag.
- intransitive v. To signal by waving an upraised arm, flag, or light, especially in accordance with a code.
- transitive v. To move (something) back and forth steadily or rhythmically.
- transitive v. To convey (a message or signal) by waving an upraised arm, a flag, or a light.
- n. The act or practice of wigwagging.
- n. A message sent by this method.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a number of mechanical or electrical devices which cause a component to oscillate between two states.
- v. to oscillate between two states.
- v. to send a signal by waving a single flag.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To signal by means of a flag waved from side to side according to a code adopted for the purpose.
- v. To move to and fro, to wag.
- n. Act or art of wigwagging; a message wigwagged; -- chiefly attributive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move to and fro; specifically, to signal by movements of flags.
- Writhing, wriggling, or twisting.
- n. A rubbing instrument used by watchmakers. It is attached by a crank to a wheel of a lathe, which gives it a longitudinal movement of reciprocation.
- n. Signaling by the movements of flags: as, to practise the wigwag.
- To and fro; with wiggling motion: as, to go wigwag back and forth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. signal by or as if by a flag or light waved according to a code
- v. send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
Dialectal wig, to move + wag1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)