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wa·ver

 (wā′vər)
intr.v. wa·vered, wa·ver·ing, wa·vers
1.
a. To move unsteadily back and forth: The flowers wavered in the breeze. See Synonyms at swing.
b. To move in a certain direction with a swaying or unsteady motion: The child wavered along the hall. Snowflakes wavered down.
2.
a. To exhibit irresolution or indecision; vacillate: They wavered over buying a house.
b. To become unsteady or unsure; falter: His resolve began to waver.
c. To become diverted: She never wavered from her position opposing the war.
3. To change or fluctuate: The weather wavered between sunny and overcast.
4.
a. To tremble or quaver in sound, as of the voice or a musical note.
b. To flicker or glimmer: The door opened, and the light from the candle wavered.
n.
The action of wavering: the waver of the flashlight in the distance.

[Middle English waveren; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

wa′ver·er n.
wa′ver·ing·ly adv.

waver

(ˈweɪvə)
vb (intr)
1. to be irresolute; hesitate between two possibilities
2. to become unsteady
3. to fluctuate or vary
4. to move back and forth or one way and another
5. (General Physics) (of light) to flicker or flash
n
the act or an instance of wavering
[C14: from Old Norse vafra to flicker; related to German wabern to move about]
ˈwaverer n
ˈwavering adj
ˈwaveringly adv

wa•ver1

(ˈweɪ vər)

v.i.
1. to sway to and fro; flutter.
2. to flicker or quiver, as light.
3. to become unsteady; begin to fail or give way: At the news my courage wavered.
4. to shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
5. to feel or show doubt, indecision, etc.; vacillate: to waver in one's determination.
6. (of things) to fluctuate or vary.
7. to totter or reel: The tower wavered during the earthquake.
n.
8. an act of wavering; vacillation.
[1275–1325; Middle English; c. Middle High German waberen to move about, Old Norse vafra to toddle]
wa′ver•er, n.

wav•er2

(ˈweɪ vər)

n.
a person or thing that waves.
[1550–60]

waver


Past participle: wavered
Gerund: wavering

Imperative
waver
waver
Present
I waver
you waver
he/she/it wavers
we waver
you waver
they waver
Preterite
I wavered
you wavered
he/she/it wavered
we wavered
you wavered
they wavered
Present Continuous
I am wavering
you are wavering
he/she/it is wavering
we are wavering
you are wavering
they are wavering
Present Perfect
I have wavered
you have wavered
he/she/it has wavered
we have wavered
you have wavered
they have wavered
Past Continuous
I was wavering
you were wavering
he/she/it was wavering
we were wavering
you were wavering
they were wavering
Past Perfect
I had wavered
you had wavered
he/she/it had wavered
we had wavered
you had wavered
they had wavered
Future
I will waver
you will waver
he/she/it will waver
we will waver
you will waver
they will waver
Future Perfect
I will have wavered
you will have wavered
he/she/it will have wavered
we will have wavered
you will have wavered
they will have wavered
Future Continuous
I will be wavering
you will be wavering
he/she/it will be wavering
we will be wavering
you will be wavering
they will be wavering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wavering
you have been wavering
he/she/it has been wavering
we have been wavering
you have been wavering
they have been wavering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wavering
you will have been wavering
he/she/it will have been wavering
we will have been wavering
you will have been wavering
they will have been wavering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wavering
you had been wavering
he/she/it had been wavering
we had been wavering
you had been wavering
they had been wavering
Conditional
I would waver
you would waver
he/she/it would waver
we would waver
you would waver
they would waver
Past Conditional
I would have wavered
you would have wavered
he/she/it would have wavered
we would have wavered
you would have wavered
they would have wavered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waver - someone who communicates by wavingwaver - someone who communicates by waving  
communicator - a person who communicates with others
2.waver - the act of pausing uncertainlywaver - the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
pause - temporary inactivity
3.waver - the act of moving back and forthwaver - the act of moving back and forth  
movement, motility, motion, move - a change of position that does not entail a change of location; "the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise"; "movement is a sign of life"; "an impatient move of his hand"; "gastrointestinal motility"
Verb1.waver - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
boggle - hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
hover, linger - move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"
hover, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate - be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"
falter, waver - be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
2.waver - 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"
3.waver - 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"
4.waver - move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike patternwaver - move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated"
swing - alternate dramatically between high and low values; "his mood swings"; "the market is swinging up and down"
fluctuate - cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern
5.waver - move back and forth very rapidly; "the candle flickered"
move back and forth - move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
6.waver - sway to and frowaver - sway to and fro      
sway, swing - move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner; "He swung back"
7.waver - give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
vocalize, voice, vocalise, sound - utter with vibrating vocal chords

waver

verb
1. hesitate, dither (chiefly Brit.), vacillate, be irresolute, falter, fluctuate, seesaw, blow hot and cold (informal), be indecisive, hum and haw, be unable to decide, shillyshally (informal), be unable to make up your mind, swither (Scot.) Some military commanders wavered over whether to support the coup.
hesitate determine, resolve, be determined, stand firm, be decisive, be resolute, be of fixed opinion
2. flicker, wave, shake, vary, reel, weave, sway, tremble, wobble, fluctuate, quiver, undulate, totter The shadows of the dancers wavered on the wall.

waver

verb
1. To move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall:
2. To be irresolute in acting or doing:
3. To change one's attitudes or policies, for example:
Translations
يَتَرَدَّد، يَتَذَبْذَب، يَتأرْجَح
vakle
ingadozik
flökta; vera á báîum áttum
būt nestabilamsvārstīties
bocalamakkararsızlık göstermek

waver

[ˈweɪvəʳ] VI
1. (= oscillate) [needle] → oscilar; [flame] → temblar
2. (fig) (= hesitate) → vacilar, dudar (between entre) (= weaken) [courage, support] → flaquear; (= falter) [voice] → temblar
he's beginning to waverestá empezando a vacilar or dudar
his gaze never waveredno apartó la mirada ni por un momento
she never wavered in her beliefsiempre se mantuvo firme en sus creencias

waver

[ˈweɪvər] vi
(= flicker) [shadow, flame] → vaciller
(= tremble) [voice] → trembler
(= be unsure) [person] → hésiter; [opinion] → être indécis(e); [belief, love] → faiblir
to waver over sth → hésiter sur qch

waver

vi
(= quiver) (light, flame, eyes)flackern; (voice)zittern
(= weaken) (courage, self-assurance)wanken, ins Wanken geraten; (support)nachlassen
(= hesitate)schwanken (→ between zwischen +dat); if he begins to waverwenn er ins Schwanken or Wanken gerät; he’s wavering between accepting and …er ist sich (dat)darüber unschlüssig, ob er annehmen soll oder …

waver

[ˈweɪvəʳ] vi (flame, needle) → oscillare; (voice) → tremare (fig) (hesitate) to waver (between)tentennare, titubare
she's beginning to waver → comincia a vacillare

waver

(ˈweivə) verb
to be unsteady or uncertain. He wavered between accepting and refusing.
References in classic literature ?
The expression of his countenance--while, notwithstanding it had the light of reason in it --seemed to waver, and glimmer, and nearly to die away, and feebly to recover itself again.
They never could agree all together; there were so many arguments upon each side, and one would be obstinate, and no sooner would the rest have convinced him than it would transpire that his arguments had caused another to waver.
The courage of the men began to waver immediately; once more we were threatened with a panic.
His courage and confidence were high, up to this point, but both began to waver a little now.
That she would never waver in it, never be diverted from it, never relinquish it, while there was any chance of hope.
When the robbery was talked of at the Rainbow and elsewhere, in good company, the balance continued to waver between the rational explanation founded on the tinder-box, and the theory of an impenetrable mystery that mocked investigation.
Yet to waver was to be lost, to show fear was to be lost, to disobey was to be lost.
uf, or Philip de Malvoisin, that thou hast spoken treason against the Norman, and thou art but a cast-away swineherd, thou wouldst waver on one of these trees as a terror to all evil speakers against dignities.
But their hearts were not so hard as they seemed, and my tears and prayers made them waver.
These reflections made him waver in his purpose, but his craze being stronger than any reasoning, he made up his mind to have himself dubbed a knight by the first one he came across, following the example of others in the same case, as he had read in the books that brought him to this pass.
Newman lifted a finger and made it waver a little in the air.
The delicious flight-curves come away on the tape with never a waver.