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fal·ter

 (fôl′tər)
intr.v. fal·tered, fal·ter·ing, fal·ters
1. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver: "She never faltered in her resolution to regain her old position" (Louis Auchincloss).
2. To speak hesitatingly; stammer: faltered in reciting the poem.
3.
a. To move unsteadily or haltingly; stumble: The racehorse faltered right after the start.
b. To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance: The economy faltered in the second quarter. His memory began to falter.
n.
1. Unsteadiness in speech or action: finished the project without falter.
2. A faltering sound: answered with a falter in his voice.

[Middle English falteren, to stagger, possibly from Old Norse faltrask, to be puzzled, hesitate.]

fal′ter·er n.
fal′ter·ing·ly adv.

falter

(ˈfɔːltə)
vb
1. (intr) to be hesitant, weak, or unsure; waver
2. (intr) to move unsteadily or hesitantly; stumble
3. to utter haltingly or hesitantly; stammer
n
4. uncertainty or hesitancy in speech or action
5. a quavering or irregular sound
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic faltrast]
ˈfalterer n
ˈfalteringly adv

fal•ter

(ˈfɔl tər)

v.i.
1. to hesitate, waver, or fail: courage that never faltered.
2. to speak hesitatingly.
3. to move unsteadily; stumble.
v.t.
4. to utter hesitatingly: to falter an apology.
n.
5. the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of voice, action, etc.
6. a faltering sound.
[1300–50; Middle English]
fal′ter•er, n.
fal′ter•ing•ly, adv.

falter


Past participle: faltered
Gerund: faltering

Imperative
falter
falter
Present
I falter
you falter
he/she/it falters
we falter
you falter
they falter
Preterite
I faltered
you faltered
he/she/it faltered
we faltered
you faltered
they faltered
Present Continuous
I am faltering
you are faltering
he/she/it is faltering
we are faltering
you are faltering
they are faltering
Present Perfect
I have faltered
you have faltered
he/she/it has faltered
we have faltered
you have faltered
they have faltered
Past Continuous
I was faltering
you were faltering
he/she/it was faltering
we were faltering
you were faltering
they were faltering
Past Perfect
I had faltered
you had faltered
he/she/it had faltered
we had faltered
you had faltered
they had faltered
Future
I will falter
you will falter
he/she/it will falter
we will falter
you will falter
they will falter
Future Perfect
I will have faltered
you will have faltered
he/she/it will have faltered
we will have faltered
you will have faltered
they will have faltered
Future Continuous
I will be faltering
you will be faltering
he/she/it will be faltering
we will be faltering
you will be faltering
they will be faltering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been faltering
you have been faltering
he/she/it has been faltering
we have been faltering
you have been faltering
they have been faltering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been faltering
you will have been faltering
he/she/it will have been faltering
we will have been faltering
you will have been faltering
they will have been faltering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been faltering
you had been faltering
he/she/it had been faltering
we had been faltering
you had been faltering
they had been faltering
Conditional
I would falter
you would falter
he/she/it would falter
we would falter
you would falter
they would falter
Past Conditional
I would have faltered
you would have faltered
he/she/it would have faltered
we would have faltered
you would have faltered
they would have faltered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.falter - the act of pausing uncertainlyfalter - the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
pause - temporary inactivity
Verb1.falter - be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
hesitate, waffle, waver - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
2.falter - move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
3.falter - walk unsteadily; "The drunk man stumbled about"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
4.falter - speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

falter

verb
1. hesitate, delay, waver, vacillate, break I have not faltered in my quest for a new future.
hesitate last, continue, survive, proceed, endure, persist, keep going, persevere, stand firm, stick at
2. tumble, shake, tremble, totter As he neared the house, he faltered.
3. stutter, pause, stumble, hesitate, stammer, speak haltingly Her voice faltered and she had to stop a moment to control it.

falter

verb
1. To be irresolute in acting or doing:
2. To walk unsteadily:
Translations
يَتَرَنَّحيَتَلَعْثَم
váhatzajíkat se
haltestammesvigtevakle
akadozva elmond vmitbotladozik
hika; hrasastama
klupčiotinetvirtassvirduliuojantsvirduliuojantissvirduliuoti
grīļotiesminstinātiesstomīties
zajakávať sa

falter

[ˈfɔːltəʳ]
A. VI (= waver) [person] → vacilar, titubear; [voice] → entrecortarse, quebrarse; [steps] → vacilar; [courage] → fallar, faltar
without falteringsin vacilar
B. VTdecir titubeando

falter

[ˈfɔːltər] vi
(when walking) [person] → chanceler, vaciller; [steps]
His steps faltered → Son pas se fit plus hésitant., Son pas se fit moins assuré.
(when speaking) [person, voice] → hésiter
(in resolve) [person] → fléchir, faiblir
[economy, demand, process] → fléchir

falter

vi (speaker) → stocken; (steps, horse)zögern

falter

[ˈfɔːltəʳ] vi (voice, speaker) → esitare; (interest) → scemare; (engine) → perder colpi
his voice faltered with emotion → la sua voce era rotta dall'emozione
his steps faltered → ha vacillato

falter

(ˈfoːltə) verb
1. to stumble or hesitate. She walked without faltering.
2. to speak with hesitation. Her voice faltered.
ˈfaltering adjective
ˈfalteringly adverb
References in classic literature ?
Simple sermons, that went straight to the souls of those who listened, for the father's heart was in the minister's religion, and the frequent falter in the voice gave a double eloquence to the words he spoke or read.
It is easy, for the moment, to tread the narrow way, looking neither to the right nor left, upborne by the sense of right doing; but that first joy of self-denial, the joy that is like fire in the blood, dies away; the path seems drearier and the footsteps falter.
She peered at me over her spectacles, and then she opened a drawer and fumbled among its contents for a long time, so long that my hopes began to falter.
Dickon held Colin's arm strongly but the boy had not begun to falter.
I had come and gone twice, and was again sitting by her, when she began to falter.
If I objected to having my bed made at five o'clock in the afternoon - which I do still think an uncomfortable arrangement - one motion of her hand towards the same nankeen region of wounded sensibility was enough to make me falter an apology.
It is by rugged paths like these they go That scale the heights of immortality, Unreached by those that falter here below.
Sweet words falter to and fro -- Though the great River rolls between.
Among some stolid trees it began to falter and hesitate.
Yet it is my last task, and for Lily-Bell's sake I must not fear or falter now," said Thistle.
On your brow I read despair -- your lips falter ere you announce some terrible tidings -- your hands tremble.
His profession qualified him, his disposition lead him, to talk; and "That was in the year six;" "That happened before I went to sea in the year six," occurred in the course of the first evening they spent together: and though his voice did not falter, and though she had no reason to suppose his eye wandering towards her while he spoke, Anne felt the utter impossibility, from her knowledge of his mind, that he could be unvisited by remembrance any more than herself.