Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move or rotate with an uneven or rocking motion or unsteadily from side to side.
  • intransitive v. To tremble or quaver: The child's voice wobbled with emotion.
  • intransitive v. To waver or vacillate in one's opinions or feelings.
  • transitive v. To cause to wobble.
  • n. The act or an instance of wobbling; unsteady motion.
  • n. A tremulous, uncertain tone or sound: a vocal wobble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unsteady motion.
  • n. A tremulous sound.
  • n. A low-frequency oscillation sometimes used in dubstep
  • v. To move with an uneven or rocking motion, or unsteadily to and fro.
  • v. To tremble or quaver.
  • v. To vacillate in one's opinions.
  • v. To cause to wobble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. See wabble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See wabble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move unsteadily
  • n. an unsteady rocking motion
  • v. move sideways or in an unsteady way
  • v. tremble or shake

Etymologies

Probably from Low German wabbeln; see webh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Sometimes the wobble is mild, sometimes it can knock me right out of orbit.

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  • The sonic wobble is captured in two ways: by carefully recording the results of gentle coaxing and by expressing the wobble frequency as physically powerful base tones.

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  • The ability to spit death and make your knees wobble is always a great duo and these poster girls for the Free world are out there keeping it safe today.

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  • The dramatic "vote Clegg, get IMF" alert - predicting panic in the financial markets and a sterling "wobble" - was the party's starkest warning yet of economic collapse if there is no decisive result on May 6.

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  • Petite – enjoy it, even the shit bits because take it from me and no doubt all your readers with chidlren over 12 – throwing a baby wobble is nothing compared to a phone call from the school wanting to ‘discuss’ your teenager.

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  • If you haven't been watching all afternoon, it took a wobble, which is really common in tropical systems like that.

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  • It’s the fourth leg of the table that causes the wobble.

    February 14, 2008