American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move unsteadily back and forth. See Synonyms at swing.
- v. To exhibit irresolution or indecision; vacillate: wavered over buying a house. See Synonyms at hesitate.
- v. To become unsteady or unsure; falter: His resolve began to waver.
- v. To tremble or quaver in sound, as of the voice or a musical note.
- v. To flicker or glimmer, as light.
- n. The act of wavering.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move up and down or to and fro; wave; float; flutter; be tossed or rocked about; sway.
- To quiver; flicker; glimmer; glance.
- To falter; fail; reel; totter.
- To be undetermined or irresolute; fluctuate; vacillate.
- Synonyms and Vacillate. See fluctuate.
- Hesitate, etc. See scruple.
- To cause to wave or move to and fro; set in waving motion; brandish.
- To demur or scruple about; hesitate at; shirk.
- n. One who or that which waves; specifically, in printing, an inking-roller; an apparatus which distributes ink on the table or on other rollers, but not on the form of types: so called from its vibratory movement.
- n. A sapling or timberling left standing in a fallen wood.
- v. intransitive To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.
- v. intransitive To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
- v. intransitive To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
- v. intransitive To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
- v. intransitive To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
- v. intransitive To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.
- n. An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.
- n. Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.
- n. Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).
- n. A tool that accomplishes hair waving.
- n. UK, dialect, dated A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
- n. A darkwaver; a fan of darkwave music.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter.
- v. To be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate.
- n. Prov. Eng. A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
- n. the act of moving back and forth
- v. be unsure or weak
- v. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern
- n. someone who communicates by waving
- v. give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
- v. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
- v. move back and forth very rapidly
- v. sway to and fro
- n. the act of pausing uncertainly
- v. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
- From Old Norse vafra ("to flicker"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English waveren; see webh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Kamuk did not hesitate, nor did his expression waver from seriousness.”
“Yet the Founding Fathers did not waver from the idea that justice had to be based on the evidence and that defendants were owed a fair trial based on what the prosecution could prove.”
“I jest of course but it points out how we waver from the original intent.”
“Back in February, Shays even voted against a non-binding resolution condeming the surge -- even though during the 2006 campaign he'd allegedly started to "waver" in his support for Bush.”
“The rest of the country either doesn't know Hagel from the local plumber, or they do know Hagel and they're part of the angry cadre of morons who will never "waver" in their support for the Iraq mess.”
“On Friday night, the first night of Istanbul talks, Iranian negotiators seemed to "waver”
“This is something I kind of waver on sometimes, but for now I agree with”
“Rather, linguists compare patterns of sound change, which do not waver and are thus highly predictable.”
“One can only hope that they stand by these principles and do not waver in response to the allure of ongoing or improving deals with Algerian oil companies at the sacrifice of democratic ideals.”
“The graphics waver on the screen as if dubbed to an old VHS tape.”
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