See"saw` (?), n. [Probably a reduplication of saw, to express the alternate motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing.]

1.

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.

A plank or board adjusted for this play.

3.

A vibratory or reciprocating motion.

He has been arguing in a circle; there is thus a seesaw between the hypothesis and fact. Sir W. Hamilton.

4. Whist.

Same as Crossruff.

 

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See"saw`, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Seesawad (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Seesawing.]

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

 

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See"saw`, v. t.

To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion.

He seesaws himself to and fro. Ld. Lytton.

 

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See"saw`, a.

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

 

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