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 ?
The red gleam o'er the mountains Goes wavering from sight, And the quiet moon enhances The loveliness of night.
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.
Let them rise," said a voice behind us; a thin, wavering voice, yet one that had evidently been accustomed to command for many years.
When he put up his arms, each day, to begin, they pained exquisitely, and the first few blows, struck and received, racked his soul; after that things grew numb, and he fought on blindly, seeing as in a dream, dancing and wavering, the large features and burning, animal-like eyes of Cheese-Face.
He went in with a sounding plunge; the red cap came off and remained floating on the surface; and as soon as the splash subsided, I could see him and Israel lying side by side, both wavering with the tremulous movement of the water.
When I paused for a moment exhausted he signed gravely, with unchanged face, that though it was undeniably funny, he had not yet decided whether it was funny enough, and, taking this for encouragement, at it I went once more, till I saw his forces wavering, when I sent my left eyebrow up almost farther than I could bring it back, and with that I had him, the smile broke through the clouds.
Finding the higher Orders wavering and undecided, the leaders of the Revolution advanced still further in their requirements, and at last demanded that all classes alike, the Priests and the Women not excepted, should do homage to Colour by submitting to be painted.
In the dense wavering smoke some of the French threw down their arms and ran out of the bushes to meet the Cossacks, while others ran down the hill toward the pond.
And just the same feeling of shame and regret he felt now, as he reviewed all his past with her, recalling the awkward words in which, after long wavering, he had made her an offer.
Yet do not suppose, because I complain a little or because I can conceive a consolation for my toils which I may never know, that I am wavering in my resolutions.
He confirmed his friends in their confidence, fixed the wavering, and gratified all.
These were heavy impressions to struggle against, and brought that melancholy embitterment which is the consequence of all excessive claim: even his religious faith wavered with his wavering trust in his own authorship, and the consolations of the Christian hope in immortality seemed to lean on the immortality of the still unwritten Key to all Mythologies.