Wabble

Definitions

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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wabble A hobbling, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung; a staggering to and fro.
    • v. i Wabble wŏb"b'l To move staggeringly or unsteadily from one side to the other; to vacillate; to move the manner of a rotating disk when the axis of rotation is inclined to that of the disk; -- said of a turning or whirling body; as, a top wabbles; a buzz saw wabbles .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wabble To incline to the one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, spindle, or other rotating body when not properly balanced; move in the manner of a rotating disk when its plane vibrates from side to side; rock; vacillate.
    • wabble Hence To vacillate, vibrate, tremble, or exhibit unevenness, in senses other than mechanical.
    • wabble To cause to wabble: as, to wabble one's head.
    • n wabble A rocking, unequal motion, as of a wheel unevenly hung or a top imperfectly balanced.
    • n wabble The larva of the emasculating bot-fly, Cutiterebra emasculator, which infests squirrels in the United States; also, the injury or affection resulting from its presence. See warble, and cut under Cutiterebra. Also worble.
    • n wabble An old name of the great auk, Alca impennis. Josselyn, New England Rarities Discovered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wabble wob′l to incline alternately to one side and the other: to rock, to vacillate
    • n Wabble a hobbling, unequal motion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. G. wabbeln, to wabble, and E. whap,. Cf. Quaver

Usage

In literature:

Rachel stared at the wabbling head of Tesla.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The South wabbled, and promised votes in the North found their way elsewhere.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Did you ever see a man wabbling off after a thrashing that he was hardly able to carry?
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
This time Bridget understood, and clapping her sunbonnet (upside down) onto her disrumpled head, she wabbled toward the house.
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
They just stands around gawpin' curious at this sobbin', wabbly kneed old party slumped down there on the hall seat.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Well, I like your nerve to come here with that kind of wabble.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
Corrigan's head was wabbling.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Wabbling this way and that it wheeled skiddingly round a corner.
"The Life of the Party" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
A shifting, wabbling pack is bad for the horse.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
No more wabbling of your head, or I'll break it for you.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Colonel Witham, clutching his lantern with desperation, fairly slid down the stairs, his legs wabbling weakly as he tried to stay himself.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
He seemed to wabble more or less, and looked back over his shoulder many times.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
When we returned my pole was pulled down and wabbling so as to make a commotion in the water.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
I couldn't seem to add the figures right and the old desk wabbled.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
One of the vanquished wabbled up to him and held out his hand to shake.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
In a few days they get to wabbling, are condemned and thrown aside.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
Then they were in motion; scattering, wabbling in the terror of their retreat.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
She stood there, her fat sides all of a wabble, an' a reg'lar waterfall pourin' out of her eyes.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
As she left the desk the floor began to wabble.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
As Mrs. Gordon had prophesied, she felt well, only the least bit wabbly.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
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In poetry:

The poker tum'les frae his han' an' fa's upon my taes,
His wee head wabbles up an' doon as he gets aff his claes—
There, noo, a mither's kiss has seal'd the saft sleep on his e'e,
But mornin' licht 'ill bring again wee Johnnie back to me.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson