Stuttering

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stuttering Apt to stutter; hesitating; stammering.
    • n Stuttering The act of one who stutters; -- restricted by some physiologists to defective speech due to inability to form the proper sounds, the breathing being normal, as distinguished from stammering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stuttering is 4 to 6 times more common in boys than in girls.
    • n stuttering A hesitation in speaking, in which there is a spasmodic and uncontrollable reiteration of the same syllable. See stammering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stuttering hesitating in speaking: stammering
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Quotations

  • Marion Davies
    Marion Davies
    “Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A freq. of obs. stut, to stutter, M. E. stoten—Ice. stauta; cog. with Ger. stossen.

Usage

In literature:

He stuttered, cursed, laid his hand on his sword, and took a step forward.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Whisper'd the guide, stuttering with joy, even now.
"Endymion" by John Keats
I ought to say that Lamb stuttered a little bit.
"In Our First Year of the War" by Woodrow Wilson
When I confessed I liked his drawl he told me I ought to hear his brother, a lawyer, who stutters.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
Next sat Louisa, an Italian girl who stuttered, and I had to stop my press to hear her.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
You stutter so I can't understand a word.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
It was not long before she stuttered like the new Silsby steamer.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
His head was reeling, and he spoke stutteringly.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Roy was so impatient that he stuttered.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
Down at the docks just now, a cooper with a fearful stutter presented himself in this way.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
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In poetry:

With marvelling, or like him
I stutter with pride and fear:
I hold, Love, divinity
In my changed face and hair.
"Divinity" by Irving Layton
Stuttered-over-again World,
where I shall have been
a Guest, a Name,
sweated down from the Wall,
that a Wound licks up.
"Stuttered-Over-Again World" by Paul Celan
When tomorrow pleads the mortal decision
Sifting rankly out of time's sieve today,
No words differently will be uttered
Nor stuttered, like sheep astray.
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate
All through the night
I have heard the stuttering call of a blind quail,
A caged decoy, under a cairn of stones,
Crying for light as the quails cry for love.
"The Quails" by Francis Brett Young
For the cold of the pistol-butt and the bullet’s heat,
For the rope that chokes, the manacles that bind,
The huge voice, metal, that lies from a thousand tubes
And the stuttering machine-gun that answers all.
"Litany for Dictatorships" by Stephen Vincent Benet
"Onlike the previous speaker, Mr. Sutter of Yreka, he was but a
humble seeker--and not like him--a cuss"--
It was here that Mr. Sutter softly reached for Mr. Cutter, when the
latter with a stutter said: "ac-customed to discuss."
"A Question Of Privilege" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Stuttering ' AGT ' Contestant.
But the guarded young man said in an interview with The Associated Press that he is no longer embarrassed by his stuttering .
Stutter step reported in May retail sales not a dark cloud over pending BTS season.
So, a guy stutters in class.
No biggie, people without a stuttering problem can "stumble" over a word here and there.
No biggie, people without a stuttering problem can stumble over a.
'One Day': A Stutter -Stop Affair to Forget.
The Campus Carry Movement Stutter -Steps Across America.
"I have went from literally not being able to order food in a restaurant and now, a lot of people say it was a blessing I stuttered , because I never shut up," he laughed.
As he got older, McComas learned not to fear his stuttering or be ashamed of it.
Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation of America, said the movie mirrors her experience growing up with a father who stuttered .
Brilliant Stutter -Step Novel Cuts Smoothly Through History.
The drama of stuttering that played out in an Oscar-winning performance is what Dave Barnett lived with every day of his life.
I asked who that was, and he stuttered.
Why does the stream occasionally stop or stutter while I'm listening .
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In science:

Lamport [Lam83] first proposed the notion of invariance under stuttering.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Whenever a (discrete time) behavior b3 can be obtained from another behavior b4 by adding and removing “stuttering steps” (i.e., pairs of identical states on adjacent time steps), we say that b3 and b4 are stutter-equivalent.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
Note that stutter invariance is defined for discrete time models only.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
We can use the successive moves to split the stutters of a path into successive disjoint (possibly empty) runs: if the path p has length ℓ and s(p) stutters, then there will be ℓ − s(p) moves and ℓ − s(p) + 1 runs of stutters.
Spectra of large random trees
Hm−z/2−2 (x, y ) : s(p) = by removing for 1 ≤ k ≤ m − z − 1 every second stutter in the k th run of stutters of size sk (p) ∈ 2Z, and that this transformation is a bijection.
Spectra of large random trees
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