American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver. See Synonyms at hesitate.
- v. To speak hesitatingly; stammer.
- v. To move ineptly or haltingly; stumble.
- v. To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness: The automobile engine faltered.
- n. Unsteadiness in speech or action.
- n. A faltering sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be unsteady; tremble; totter: as, his legs falter.
- To fail in accuracy, distinctness, or regularity of exercise or function; fail or waver from physical or moral weakness, emotion, etc.
- To hesitate, especially to hesitate in the utterance of words; speak with a broken or trembling utterance; stammer: as, his tongue falters.
- Synonyms Stutter, etc. See stammer.
- n. The act of faltering, hesitating, trembling, stammering, or the like; unsteadiness; hesitation; trembling; quavering.
- To thresh in the chaff; cleanse or sift out, as barley.
- n. unsteadiness.
- v. To waver or be unsteady.
- v. To stammer.
- v. To stumble.
- v. figuratively To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Prov. Eng. To thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley.
- v. To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer.
- v. To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.
- v. To hesitate in purpose or action.
- v. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought.
- v. To utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner.
- n. Hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound.
- v. walk unsteadily
- n. the act of pausing uncertainly
- v. speak haltingly
- v. be unsure or weak
- v. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
- Middle English falteren ("to stagger"), probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse faltrast, be encumbered) or from a Middle English frequentative of falden, folden ("to fold"). More at fold. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English falteren, to stagger, possibly from Old Norse faltrask, to be puzzled, hesitate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Instead, our knee-jerk reactions to the anxiety we experience when our relationships falter is to give up on the challenges of intimacy before we really know what is next.”
“After two weeks, Iron Man 2 will falter from the top spot to make room for the fourth Shrek film, which should have a huge weekend.”
“It did not work so happily with his spoken wish for a freeze of Israeli settlements; and he has seen the word falter on the verge of the deed once more, in the wish for a comprehensive health care bill before the summer or before Thanksgiving.”
“Seeing her expression falter slightly at this, he pressed his advantage, stretching out a hand to her and speaking kindly.”
“She was gratified to see Hal's expression falter, just for a moment.”
“But, clearly, not only will he need to be at his absolute best to ascend to the podium, he'll need most of the skaters ahead of him to falter, which is unlikely.”
“As the band started to kind of falter with the name ShabÃ¼tie, everybody kind of liked the name Coheed and Cambria, so the songs started to transfer over.”
“As the band started to kind of falter with the name Shabütie, everybody kind of liked the name Coheed and Cambria, so the songs started to transfer over.”
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