teeter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v teeter move unsteadily, with a rocking motion
    • n teeter a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i. & t Teeter To move up and down on the ends of a balanced plank, or the like, as children do for sport; to seesaw; to titter; to titter-totter. "The bobolink] alit upon the flower, and teetered up and down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • teeter Hence To move about foolishly and aimlessly.
    • teeter To see-saw; move up and down in see-saw fashion.
    • n teeter A see-saw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teeter tē′ter (U.S.) a see-saw
    • v.i Teeter to see-saw
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. titter, to tremble, to seesaw; cf. Icel. titra, to tremble, OHG. zittarōn, G. zittern,

Usage

In literature:

Uncle Marius came toward them, teetering on his toes, the way he always did.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Steppin' careful, he travels the length Of his spring-board, and teeters to try its strength.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
He came teetering along in the most aimless, idiotic way.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Steppin' careful, he travels the length Of his spring-board, and teeters to try its strength.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
As she teetered out, it was plain that she was all but in a panic to get away.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
The song stopped and Judge Priest stood in the opening, teetering a little on his heels.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
The lanky man teetered on the edge of the flat place.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
The officer still teetered in his chair, his eyes bulging from his reddened face.
"A Fine Fix" by R. C. Noll
In particular, I should like to know the origin of his teetering habit, which seems to put him among the beach birds.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
But betwixt the pair of you you've nigh druv two old women crazy, and set the whole village a-teeter.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
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In poetry:

Within the shed where logs, late hewed,
Smell forest-sweet, and chips of wood
Make blurs of white and brown,
The brood-hen cuddles her warm brood
Of teetering down.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
Turn to the lane, where we used to "teeter-totter,"
Printing little foot-palms in the mellow mold,
Laughing at the lazy cattle wading in the water
Where the ripples dimple round the buttercups of gold:
"Babyhood" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

NORMAN — Lyle Teeter , age 75, of Anna died at 7:11pm Thursday, Sept 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born April 3, 1937, to George E and Dola Marie (Gasseur) Teeter in Oklahoma City.
There's very little within walking distance of some apartments so when they lost Harris Teeter it was a major blow.
DANVILLE — James D Teeter , 72, of Danville, passed away Sunday, Feb 12, 2012, at the Ohio State University Medical Center, following a brief illness.
Shortly after after Whole Foods opened its first Charlotte store, Harris Teeter had its own news.
Nobuo Fukuda, the James Beard award–winning chef, is now at Nobuo at Teeter House in historic Heritage Square.
North Carolina upstart Harris Teeter continues to build on its foothold in the Washington area with a slew of supermarkets in the works.
Restaurant Inspections Harris Teeter passes test.
MOUNT CARROLL – Glenn E "Gene" Teeter , 87, of Mount Carroll, died Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012, at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport.
Harris Teeter to Feature Wines of Chile.
Harris Teeter Partners with American Cancer Society.
Harris Teeter Shoppers Donate $553,000 to the American Cancer Society's More Birthdays Campaign.
Harris Teeter Donates Over $7.4 Million to Non-Profit.
The Harris Teeter in the Idlewild Market will have a ribbon cutting soon.
Kathleen Sachs and Ashley Teeter have announced they will marry on Sept 29, 2012, at the Sachs residence, with a reception to follow.
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In science:

As a further point of interest, one obtains b = 2/3 for the logarithmic prefactor when the system is “teetering” on instability.
Questions of Stability near Black Hole Critical Points
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