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Definition of "seesaw" [see•saw]

  • A long plank balanced on a central fulcrum so that with a person riding on each end, one end goes up as the other goes down. Also called regionally dandle, dandle board, teedle board, teeter, teeterboard, teeter-totter, tilt1, tilting board. See Regional Note at teeter-totter. (noun)
  • The act or game of riding a seesaw. (noun)
  • A back-and-forth or up-and-down movement, as of the lead between two contesting parties. (noun)
  • To play on a seesaw. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move back and forth or up and down. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "seesaw" in a sentence
  • "It relies on what they term "seesaw" logic gates, which we've diagrammed below."
  • "It's what I call the "seesaw of pain" - somebody's always getting hurt."
  • "And the polls are about as steady as a seesaw, which is to say that if you pay too close attention, you could get motion sickness."