• WordNet 3.6
    • adj faltering unsteady in speech or action
    • n faltering the act of pausing uncertainly "there was a hesitation in his speech"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Faltering Hesitating; trembling. "With faltering speech."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Faltering feebleness, deficiency
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  • George Eliot
    “No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.”
  • Queen's Mother Elizabeth
    Queen's Mother Elizabeth
    “Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.”
  • Frederick W. Faber
    Frederick W. Faber
    “For right is right, since God is God and right the day must win. To doubt would be disloyalty, to falter would be sin.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a freq. of falden, fold. The conn. with fault, in which the l is late, is untenable.


In literature:

Now is the time to be brave; to go on steadily without faltering.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
Only once did he falter.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
But a single instant Tess faltered in her song.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He tried to speak but only faltered.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Just out of sighting range for the machine gun now ... in a moment ... but, she was faltering!
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
She was at the disposition of these ladies, was her faltered reply.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
They seemed to falter once.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
The Duke stood motionless for a second; then he faltered, twisted and fell on his face with his arms outstretched.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
They could speak of nothing but that; and yet of that they could speak only falteringly.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
Genius will falter by the side of labor, great powers will yield to great industry.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

Hour by hour she journeyed onward
From the shelter of their tent,
Till her footsteps slowly faltered
And the water all was spent;
"Dedication Poem" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Despair, with hands that curse and blight,
Sows weakness in the hearts of might
Until they falter near the goal,
When fortunes frown.
"When Fortunes Frown" by Freeman Edwin Miller
Love-suffused she quivers, falters -
Falters, sighs, but never speaks,
All her rosy blood up-gushing
Overflows her ripe young cheeks.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
For, let me whisper, then we find
The strength that lives, nor falters,
In wood and water, waste and wind,
And hidden mountain altars.
"Illa Creek" by Henry Kendall
You loved me as I once loved you,
As each loved each beside the altar:
And whatsoever I might do,
Your loyal heart could never falter.
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
As while Tithonus faltered on
The threshold of the Olympian dawnings,
Aurora's front eternal shone
With lustre of the myriad mornings.
"Centennial" by John Hay

In news:

Harden traded after contract negotiations falter .
Global stocks faltered on Monday on weak corporate results and outlooks, while the euro gained after a regional vote in Spain was seen as moving a solution to the euro zone debt crisis one step closer.
Once again, Hokies falter in second half.
Will the Ravens' run defense continue to falter .
Another night, another landslide victory for Falter .
Global economy distress 3.0 looms as emerging markets falter .
Reds falter in Game 4 of NLDS, series now tied.
Inslee's green economy bets falter .
Ag research is faltering , reports says.
Thrift stores thriving in faltering economy.
India's deficit-cutting plan faltering as clock ticks.
'The Hunger Games' is filled with themes of social justice, but efforts to motivate the fandom to fight hunger and join other causes have faltered.
If Santana falters in 2012, it likely won't be due to 87-mph fastballs .
US stocks faltered Monday on trouble in China and Greece.
Once star of EU newcomers, Slovenia falters.

In science:

By so doing, however, his/her confidence in the Painlev´e test will falter at the first encounter of one of the innumerable so-called exceptions, counterexamples, and so on, which are published every year.
The Painlev\'e approach to nonlinear ordinary differential equations
It can be added that for an item as the 1960 D penny that costs only 20 dollars even at its peak price, it would be fairly easy for many collectors to buy more; nevertheless this does not happen: as soon as the number of new customers entering the market begins to level off, the bubble begins to falter.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
Once again we see an initial convergence from coarse to fine resolutions but then the convergence appears to falter.
A Smooth Lattice construction of the Oppenheimer-Snyder spacetime