Origin of wobbling
- to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
- to move unsteadily from side to side: The table wobbled on its uneven legs.
- to show unsteadiness; tremble; quaver: His voice wobbled.
- to vacillate; waver.
- to cause to wobble.
- a wobbling movement.
Origin of wobble
Examples from the Web for wobbling
The Krummens pay attention to politics, but are more concerned about the impact of the wobbling economy on their family.Iowa Straw Poll Drawing Yawns
August 9, 2011
And when the Tories were wobbling just two months ago, it seemed that Brown's drudgery might just pay off.Brits Get Ready to Rumble
April 5, 2010
If to be spread, use strong wire to support with no wobbling.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
They piled into it and the ship moved off, wobbling, until I couldn't see it any more.Sorry: Wrong Dimension
God help me that I am spared to call that wobbling Buchanan President.The Crisis, Complete
Look, there is a poor little one wobbling off all by itself.The Merryweathers
Laura E. Richards
But Isaacstein was wobbling now in a renewed state of excitement.The King of Diamonds
- (intr) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
- (intr) to tremble or shakeher voice wobbled with emotion
- (intr) to vacillate with indecision
- (tr) to cause to wobble
- a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
Word Origin and History for wobbling
1650s, probably from Low German wabbeln "to wobble;" cognate with Old Norse vafla "hover about, totter," related to vafra "move unsteadily," from Proto-Germanic *wab- "to move back and forth" (see waver). The noun is attested from 1690s.
- A movement or rotation with an uneven or rocking motion or an unsteady motion from side to side.
- The ability of one tRNA anticodon to recognize two mRNA codons, as in the third base of a tRNA anticodon pairing with any of a variety of bases that occupy the third position of different mRNA codons instead of pairing according to base pairing rules.