• 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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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
Thrombley was horrified and dithered incoherently.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
But there was no point in dithering.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
My knees shook an' dither'd as if I'd had the ague.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Jack Odin had seen B-47's come in with a great deal more hubbub and dithers than the Nebula had caused.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
A man will no' keep on dithering for what he kens he canna' get.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Tilly dithers in the little porch, waiting to open the door.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The naked lightnings in the heaven dither And disappear.
"Some Imagist Poets" by Richard Aldington
In dithers a candle, and an elderly, bearded man in gold-coloured corduroys, and an amazing object on a long, long spear.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
As it was, you just put her back up, and she dithered.
"A Safety Match" by Ian Hay
Every new batch of fluff-balls drove him to a dither of vicarious maternity.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn

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.

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
D.4 Electronic Ghosts Meet Sub-Optimal Dithering .
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
D.1 A sub-optimal dither pattern on the sky.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
As the images are dithered (see Appendix D), a little space around the edges is always lost when the images are added together.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This is an account of why you should always dither in a pattern that does not repeat CCD column or row values.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
This dithering is to use different pixels on the CCD to observe a given object in the field.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Sources external to the detector, such as cosmic rays, also tend to prompt the taking of multiple dithered images.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Although dithering for cosmic ray rejection is not strictly necessary, it is helpful.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
When dithering, it is unfortunately more common than it should be to simple do offsets along one axis and then the other.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
However, this pattern does not maximize the advantages of dithering.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
One should sample a different row and a different column with each dither.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae