waver

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v waver give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
    • v waver sway to and fro
    • v waver move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern "the line on the monitor vacillated"
    • v waver move back and forth very rapidly "the candle flickered"
    • v waver move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
    • v waver pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
    • v waver be unsure or weak "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
    • n waver the act of moving back and forth
    • n waver the act of pausing uncertainly "there was a hesitation in his speech"
    • n waver someone who communicates by waving
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waver A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
    • Waver To be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate; as, to water in judgment. "Let us hold fast . . . without wavering .""In feeble hearts, propense enough before
      To waver , or fall off and join with idols ."
    • Waver To play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter. "With banners and pennons wavering with the wind.""Thou wouldst waver on one of these trees as a terror to all evil speakers against dignities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waver To move up and down or to and fro; wave; float; flutter; be tossed or rocked about; sway.
    • waver To quiver; flicker; glimmer; glance.
    • waver To falter; fail; reel; totter.
    • waver To be undetermined or irresolute; fluctuate; vacillate.
    • waver Synonyms and Vacillate. See fluctuate.
    • waver Hesitate, etc. See scruple.
    • waver To cause to wave or move to and fro; set in waving motion; brandish.
    • waver To demur or scruple about; hesitate at; shirk.
    • n waver One who or that which waves; specifically, in printing, an inking-roller; an apparatus which distributes ink on the table or on other rollers, but not on the form of types: so called from its vibratory movement.
    • n waver A sapling or timberling left standing in a fallen wood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Waver to move to and fro: to shake: to falter: to be unsteady or undetermined: to be in danger of falling
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.”
  • Jean Paul
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    “Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.”
  • Euripides
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    “The wavering mind is but a base possession.”
  • Laurence Sterne
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    “Our passion and principles are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. waveren, from AS. wæfre, wavering, restless. See Wave (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wafian, to wave; cf. Ice. vafra, to waver.

Usage

In literature:

For one moment it circled and wavered restlessly about, feeling like a great finger along the gray surface of the water.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Ship and cage and pushpots, all together, wavered toward the doorway.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
A yellow butterfly that had waked too soon floated towards them on a wavering trial trip.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
For Halloway the matter was done without doubt or wavering.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
A man's figure with fringes wavering along its outline came round the tent wall.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Why should we not imitate the liberality of Sir William Waverly?
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The student, watching his blade and awaiting the attack, was surprised to see his point waver and drop.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
It was not until his eyes met hers that he took three wavering and undecided steps toward her.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
The Germans were successful, the Franks wavering, Clovis was anxious.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It came crawling and crawling, on and on, wavering to my feet.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
The lilies wavered what seemed but a hand's-breadth from him.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
It was open but dimly lighted, and the light wavered fitfully.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Her eyes flickered in wavering lights, and her breath came in gasps.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It was a strange, weird scene, the vessel wavering above us; the flashing lights; waving beams of radiance.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
He crouched, haggard, ragged, savage-eyed, steadying himself with a strenuous effort, while the little bead of foresight wavered.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
But he never hesitated nor wavered when he once saw his duty.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
You let Waverly kiss you.
"Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts" by Mark Ambient
For the moment he seemed to waver.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
It wavered, broke, thinned.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
They knew it, because the clergy were wavering.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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In poetry:

O agony of wavering thought
When sinners first so near are brought!
"It is my Maker—dare I stay?
My Saviour—dare I turn away?"
"Holy Communion" by John Keble
Behind us, red in the distance.
The wavering flames rise high,
The flames of our burning grass-huts,
Against the black of the sky.
"Camp Follower's Song, Gomal River" by Laurence Hope
But they waver'd not long for conscience was strong
And they thought they might get more,
And they refused the gold, but not
So rudely as before.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
And knew the light within my breast,
Though wavering oftentimes and dim,
The power, the will, that never rest,
And cannot die, were all from him.
"Life" by William Cullen Bryant
A waver through the English hosts, and then,
Like some retreating sea,
They fled, and, fleeing, left their heaps of slain,
And Scotland once more free.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
A joy that falls into the hollow heart
From some far-lifted height of love unseen,
Unknown, makes a more perfect melody
Than hidden brooks that murmur in the dusk,
Or fall athwart the cliff with wavering gleam.
"Dulciora" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

It was killed by a.308 winchester rifle on Azure Mt Hunting Club in the town of Waverly.
In the semi-final round of wrestling at the the Big Lake Invitational Dec 11, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) wrestler Trevor Berg pinned Jake Zocoli of Big Lake to capture his 100th career victory.
After publicly wavering, the Somerville Democrat voted for President Obama's health care reform plan.
The Administration wavers on defenses in Europe.
Frank James MacArthur is taken into custody by Baltimore City Police Saturday night in Waverly.
Nick Smith made an oral commitment to Belmont University in June, and he never wavered from that decision.
Work ethic hasn't wavered for Berg .
4600 Waverly Ave, Kensington/Garrett Park, MD 20896.
" Twenty-year-old Gomez is filming a "Wizards of Waverly Place" reunion for the Disney Channel.
Waverly showed up ready to play basketball and we got off the bus and looked sluggish," noted Walter, "They wanted it more down the line.
Three jerks stole a teenager's wallet on Waverly Avenue on May 31, police said.
A 12-year-old girl was approached by two men at a bus stop near Waverly Drive and Key Parkway at about 3:15 pm on Tuesday, according to a Frederick Police Department news release.
Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, May 6, 2002.
The Waverly boys' and girls' bowling teams swept Edison on Thursday 4-0.
Despite a now wavering El Niño , the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration was still predicting warmer-than-average temperatures in much of Texas.
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In science:

The starting material was carefully selected and the pixel p/n junction diffusion structures were optimized to further increase the breakdown voltage (Sze & Gibbons 1966; Waver 1972; Beck et al. 1996).
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
The possibilities ahead of us are tremendous, but we must ensure that support for the field does not waver, else we will leave many of these questions unanswered.
Summary of Experimental Results: Photons, Leptons and Heavy Quarks
Their encouragement and interest during my graduate work has been unwavering, a crucial help when I myself was wavering.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
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