dither

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dither make a fuss; be agitated
    • v dither act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
    • n dither an excited state of agitation "he was in a dither","there was a terrible flap about the theft"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dither To shake; tremble: same as didder.
    • n dither A trembling; vibration.
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Usage

In literature:

Lord protect me from these dithering female types, he implored, raising his eyes toward the ceiling.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
Presently he came running out of the scullery, with the soapy water dripping from him, dithering with cold.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Well, you are a dithering idiot.
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
And I had dithered like an aspen leaf!
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
I'm all of a dither as it is.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Dec. 12, 1917" by Various
And Mrs Clowes, all dithering like a jelly, heard shots.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Be quick, you dithering ass!
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
And the more perfectly made the engine, the less will the amount of this "dither" be.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
Walter and Carl looked at one another inquiringly; the others dithered helplessly.
"Hunter Patrol" by Henry Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
Tom stood watching the ambulance whisk Murell off, dithering in indecision.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
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In news:

While the Obama administration continues its shameful dithering on Syria, the violence, which has been going on for more than a year, is accelerating.
Dithering on Durban II Why hasn't the US distanced itself from the U.N.'s platform for anti-Semitism.
Pimco CEO Mohamed El- Erian discusses fears about Europe, more easing from the Fed and congressional 'dithering.'.
While national leaders dither, local officials and families can start doing things to reduce human impact on climate change.
South African activists want their government's dithering to stop.
The controversial HS2 development could be delayed until 2030 because of dither and delay' by ministers.
FEW writers dither as profitably as Geoff Dyer does.
Ew writers dither as profitably as Geoff Dyer does.
McIlroy 'no' to Sawgrass as Woods dithers.
Americans frustrated with the Democratic Congressional leaders for dithering over Iraq should never forget who actually drove us into the Iraqi quagmire.
The enhanced audio engine improves fidelity with 64-bit mix summing, POW-r dithering, optimized sample-rate conversion and other advances.
It's just not that interesting to watch characters complain, dither, and cop out, regardless of how much they might resemble, well, us.
Readies Attack on Internet as Obama Dithers.
Romney has high dithering deductible .
Dithering Dems give hope to indicted candidate.
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In science:

Single dithered optical exposures were coadded using the drizzle procedure (Fruchter & Hook 1998) implemented within the EIS pipeline.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
We split our observations in each band into a series of five dithered exposures (six for U and I in the NE and S fields).
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
These two dither patterns were offset from each other by 10 pixels in x and y .
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Images with bad pixels or cosmic rays inside the inner aperture (according to the Spitzer-provided mask files) were excised and the photometry of the remaining images in each band for each galaxy was averaged together (possible because there are multiple “dithers” per pointing).
Anomalously low PAH emission from low-luminosity galaxies
Also, for best appearance of the entire image, use a viewer that will smooth/dither/antialias graphics.
Goldbug Variations
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