AskDefine | Define wavering

The Collaborative Dictionary

Waver \Wa"ver\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wavered; p. pr. & vb. n. Wavering.] [OE. waveren, from AS. w[ae]fre wavering, restless. See Wave, v. i.] [1913 Webster]
To play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter. [1913 Webster] With banners and pennons wavering with the wind. --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster] Thou wouldst waver on one of these trees as a terror to all evil speakers against dignities. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
To be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate; as, to water in judgment. [1913 Webster] Let us hold fast . . . without wavering. --Heb. x.
[1913 Webster] In feeble hearts, propense enough before To waver, or fall off and join with idols. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To reel; totter; vacillate. See Fluctuate. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wavering adj : uncertain in purpose or action [syn: vacillant, vacillating]


1 indecision in speech or action [syn: hesitation, vacillation]
2 the quality of being unsteady and subject to fluctuations; "he kept a record of price fluctuations" [syn: fluctuation]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. present participle of waver
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