from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk or move unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
- intransitive v. To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions; vacillate.
- intransitive v. To seesaw.
- transitive v. To cause to teeter or seesaw.
- n. Northeastern U.S. See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter.
- n. Northeastern U.S. A teetering motion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To tilt back and forth on an edge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like, as children do for sport; to seesaw; to titter; to titter-totter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hence To move about foolishly and aimlessly.
- To see-saw; move up and down in see-saw fashion.
- n. A see-saw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
- n. a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
More simply put is what I call the teeter-totter principle.
So, we're a pleasure to have them going around the country and performing their cultural dance and in the circus they do a performance called the teeter-board, which is like a sliding board, or what we say, a see-saw act.
` ` The score was kind of teeter-tottering back and forth, but when we needed the big defensive plays, we got them. ''
And just to see everyone's reactions from early this afternoon when everyone had an emotion where they didn't - they were kind of teeter tottering.
Can a small boy "teeter" on a board against a big boy?
Sometimes they walked out on the end of a wide-spreading branch, holding to the one above, and when they began to "teeter" too much they gave a spring and came down on the soft ground.
Ducks and geese frequent it in the spring and fall, the white-bellied swallows (Hirundo bicolor) skim over it, and the peetweets (Totanus macularius) "teeter" along its stony shores all summer.
They were shown in a make shift stage early dinner on the "teeter" nights so that we could go to enjoy it.
We're on a kind of teeter totter and there is no way of knowing what the future will bring.
"Think about what that does to ... oil-producing [nations] and their ability to set oil prices, and have us go through the kind of teeter-totter that we just went through in the last six months," Schmidt said.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.