- 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.
Origin of waver1
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Examples from the Web for wavering
But he should not be judged by his wavering as a presidential candidate.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
A wavering, but canny Wehrmacht General Dietrich von Choltitz finally surrendered it on August 25.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?
August 24, 2014
Yet thanks to recent scandals, that acceptance of the adult industry seems to be wavering.Too Hot for Google: Why The Internet Giant Is Scared of Porn
July 12, 2014
If nothing else, these findings suggest a wavering of faith in free markets.Obama Pits Republicans Against the Work Ethic
February 3, 2014
Not the bungled Obamacare rollout, the wavering red line in Syria, NSA surveillance scandal, or IRS controversy?After a Lousy Year, How Obama Can Turn His Presidency Around
December 26, 2013
He confirmed his friends in their confidence, fixed the wavering, and gratified all.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Hetty's eyes were fixed on his now, with no wavering in their gaze.
Only her husband's earnest remonstrances decided her wavering will.
Yet hitherto our star has been a vacillating and wavering star?Little Dorrit
Wavering faith, in its chosen determining principles, is confirmed.A Dish Of Orts
- 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
Word Origin and History for wavering
late 13c., weyveren, "to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre "restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern "to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root of wave (v.). Related: Wavered; wavering.