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

  • intransitive v. To move unsteadily back and forth. See Synonyms at swing.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit irresolution or indecision; vacillate: wavered over buying a house. See Synonyms at hesitate.
  • intransitive v. To become unsteady or unsure; falter: His resolve began to waver.
  • intransitive v. To tremble or quaver in sound, as of the voice or a musical note.
  • intransitive v. To flicker or glimmer, as light.
  • n. The act of wavering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.
  • v. To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
  • v. To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
  • v. To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
  • v. To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
  • v. 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. A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
  • n. A darkwaver; a fan of darkwave music.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
  • intransitive v. To play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter.
  • intransitive v. To be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate.

from The 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.

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

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

Middle English waveren; see webh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Norse vafra ("to flicker").



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