to sway to and fro; flutter: Foliage wavers in the breeze.
to flicker or quiver, as light: A distant beam wavered and then disappeared.
become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: When she heard the news her courage wavered.
to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice: Her voice wavered.
to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: He wavered in his determination.
(of things) to fluctuate or vary: Prices wavered.
to totter or reel: The earth quaked and the tower wavered.
an act of wavering, fluttering, or vacillating.
- wa·ver·er, noun
- un·wa·vered, adjective
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But no sooner was the 40-year-old activist out of U.S. hands than he began to waver.Has Hillary Clinton Salvaged Deal to Bring Chen to U.S. Temporarily? | Howard Kurtz | May 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The leading tendency here is not toward openness: People waver between frank fascism and latent xenophobia.
He would waver…all of that is to me a measure of the fact that he was troubled and it is pretty clear what he was troubled by.
But that had no appreciable effect on military performance until the top leadership itself began to waver and retreat.
He steeled himself, for he had had his experience of woman's wiles; and his faith in masculine supremacy as a habit did not waver.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He was rather gratified than otherwise to hear that Mr. Puffin had begun to waver in his ideas about celibacy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Lindsay seemed to waver; her glance went near enough to him to show her that his face had a red tinge of embarrassment.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
She drew back from me a little as I came; but her eyes did not waver from mine, and these lured me forward.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI | Robert Louis Stevenson
But now, to my surprise and horror, when I looked into the eye of my monitor, my own eye would not waver nor admit subjection!The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for waver
to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
to become unsteady
to fluctuate or vary
to move back and forth or one way and another
(of light) to flicker or flash
the act or an instance of wavering
- waverer, noun
- wavering, adjective
- waveringly, adverb
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