wavering


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wavering - indecision in speech or actionwavering - indecision in speech or action  
indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution - doubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action; "his indecision was only momentary but the opportunity was lost"
2.wavering - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changeswavering - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"
unregularity, irregularity - not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals
scintillation - the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
Adj.1.wavering - uncertain in purpose or actionwavering - uncertain in purpose or action  
irresolute - uncertain how to act or proceed; "the committee was timid and mediocre and irresolute"
Translations

wavering

[ˈweɪvərɪŋ]
B. N (= flickering) → temblor m; (= indecisiveness) → vacilación f, indecisión f, irresolución f

wavering

adj
(= shaky) voicebebend; shadowtanzend
(= uncertain) loyaltyunsicher; courage, determinationwankend; support (= hesitating)wechselhaft; (= decreasing)nachlassend
n (= hesitation)Schwanken nt; there will be no wavering from the course of reformder Reformkurs wird strikt eingehalten

wavering

[ˈweɪvrɪŋ]
1. adj (flame) → tremolante; (needle) → oscillante; (voice) → tremulo/a; (voters, support) → tentennante
2. n (of flame) → tremolio; (of needle) → oscillazione f; (of voice) → tremito (fig) (hesitation) → tentennamento, titubanza
References in classic literature ?
If Jo had only known what a great happiness was wavering in the balance for one of them, she would have turned dove-like in a minute, but unfortunately, we don't have windows in our breasts, and cannot see what goes on in the minds of our friends.
I saw it yesterday and it put me in mind of what I have long wanted to do," he said, and again he looked away over the head of the boy with the wavering, uncertain stare in his eyes.
The Indian made no reply for near a minute, but bent his fierce looks on the countenance of Cora, in such wavering glances, that her eyes sank with shame, under an impression that for the first time they had encountered an expression that no chaste female might endure.
Hester gazed after him a little while, looking with a half fantastic curiosity to see whether the tender grass of early spring would not be blighted beneath him and show the wavering track of his footsteps, sere and brown, across its cheerful verdure.
The wavering reflection of a silver star in the bosom of the brook told him that he was not mistaken.
And so I never did feel so happy as I did when my ninth downed its man and I detected the wavering in the crowd which is premonitory of panic.
In the distance, one could see a long wavering line of torches drifting down the main street, and could hear the throbbing of the bass drum, the clash of cymbals, the squeaking of a fife or two, and the faint roar of remote hurrahs.
And when he had finished and still stood alive and whole, their wavering impulse to break their oath and save the poor betrayed prisoner's life faded and vanished away, for plainly this miscreant had sold himself to Satan and it would be fatal to meddle with the property of such a power as that.
While you were in the smallest degree wavering, I said nothing about it, because I would not influence; but it would have been the loss of a friend to me.
I had a vague sensation of being, as it were, on view, when the maid opened it; and of wavering, somehow, across a hall with a weather-glass in it, into a quiet little drawing-room on the ground-floor, commanding a neat garden.
However, I temporized with myself, of course - for, was I not wavering between right and wrong, when the thing is always done?
It was impossible to have lived with her fifteen years and not be aware that an unselfish clinging to the right, and a sincerity clear as the flower-born dew, were her main characteristics; indeed, Godfrey felt this so strongly, that his own more wavering nature, too averse to facing difficulty to be unvaryingly simple and truthful, was kept in a certain awe of this gentle wife who watched his looks with a yearning to obey them.