from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To miss one's step in walking or running; trip and almost fall.
- intransitive verb To proceed unsteadily or falteringly; flounder. synonym: blunder.
- intransitive verb To act or speak falteringly or clumsily.
- intransitive verb To make a mistake or mistakes; blunder.
- intransitive verb To come upon accidentally or unexpectedly.
- intransitive verb To cause to stumble.
- noun The act of stumbling.
- noun A mistake or blunder.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To slip or trip in moving on the feet; make a false step; strike the foot, or miss footing, so as to stagger or fall.
- To move or act unsteadily or in a staggering manner; trip in doing or saying anything; make false steps or blunders, as from confusion or inattention: as, to
stumblethrough a performance.
- To take a false step or be staggered mentally or morally; trip, as against a stumbling-block; find an occasion of offense; be offended or tempted.
- To come accidentally or unexpectedly; chance; happen; light: with on or upon.
- To cause to stumble; cause to trip; stagger; trip up.
- To puzzle; perplex; embarrass; nonplus; confound.
- noun The act of stumbling; a trip in walking or running.
- noun A blunder; a failure; a false step.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A trip in walking or running.
- noun A blunder; a failure; a fall from rectitude.
- intransitive verb To trip in walking or in moving in any way with the legs; to strike the foot so as to fall, or to endanger a fall; to stagger because of a false step.
- intransitive verb To walk in an unsteady or clumsy manner.
- intransitive verb To fall into a crime or an error; to err.
- intransitive verb To strike or happen (upon a person or thing) without design; to fall or light by chance; -- with
on, upon, or against.
- transitive verb To cause to stumble or trip.
- transitive verb Fig.: To mislead; to confound; to perplex; to cause to err or to fall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun a
fall, tripor substantial misstep
- noun an
- verb intransitive to
- verb intransitive to make a
mistakeor have trouble
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb miss a step and fall or nearly fall
- noun an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
- verb walk unsteadily
- verb encounter by chance
- verb make an error
- noun an unsteady uneven gait
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Or demand and effect nothing and yet again stumble into petulant seething marginalized mobs.
Investors were hopeful that the slowing recovery over the summer may have been a short-term stumble, with improvement set for the end of the year.
The difference between brands boasting superior support and those who stumble translates to revenue and market share during what is traditionally the busiest quarter for tech vendors.
Interesting, I would love to see them fall in stumble while attempting to report on US culture and social issues; racism?
That coverage, though, included mention of a notable McCain stumble on the topic of removing the Snake River Dams.
But prematurely and hastily restoring them at the first stumble is a guarantee of failure both for the patient and the doctor.
Republican midterm stumble, or amid the rifts and rage of a sharply divided government if they prevail or sweep this November, the party may be irresistibly drawn to a recycled idea.
The market's latest surge and its propensity to reverse every attempt at an intraday selloff show how investors have become more daring, raising the risk of a near-term stumble as complacency grows.
Another reason this lawsuit might stumble is rooted in judges’ perceived role of courts, said Jay.
“That’s strange, every third stumble is an EBay auction …”