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falter


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Falter  \Fal"ter\,  v.  t. 
  To  utter  with  hesitation,  or  in  a  broken,  trembling,  or  weak 
  manner. 
 
  And  here  he  faltered  forth  his  last  farewell.  --Byron. 
 
  Mde  me  most  happy,  faltering  ``I  am  thine.'' 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Falter  \Fal"ter\,  n.  [See  {Falter},  v.  i.] 
  Hesitation;  trembling;  feebleness;  an  uncertain  or  broken 
  sound;  as  a  slight  falter  in  her  voice. 
 
  The  falter  of  an  idle  shepherd's  pipe.  --Lowell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Falter  \Fal"ter\,  v.  t. 
  To  thrash  in  the  chaff;  also  to  cleanse  or  sift,  as  barley. 
  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Halliwell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Falter  \Fal"ter\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Faltered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Faltering}.]  [OE.  falteren,  faltren  prob.  from  fault. 
  See  {Fault},  v.  &  n.] 
  1.  To  hesitate;  to  speak  brokenly  or  weakly;  to  stammer;  as 
  his  tongue  falters. 
 
  With  faltering  speech  and  visage  incomposed. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  tremble;  to  totter;  to  be  unsteady.  ``He  found  his  legs 
  falter.''  --Wiseman. 
 
  3.  To  hesitate  in  purpose  or  action 
 
  Ere  her  native  king  Shall  falter  under  foul 
  rebellion's  arms.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  fail  in  distinctness  or  regularity  of  exercise;  --  said 
  of  the  mind  or  of  thought. 
 
  Here  indeed  the  power  of  disinct  conception  of  space 
  and  distance  falters.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  falter 
  n  :  the  act  of  pausing  uncertainly;  "there  was  a  hesitation  in 
  his  speech"  [syn:  {hesitation},  {waver},  {faltering}] 
  v  1:  be  unsure  or  weak;  "Their  enthusiasm  is  faltering"  [syn:  {waver}] 
  2:  move  hesitatingly,  as  if  about  to  give  way  [syn:  {waver}] 
  3:  walk  unsteadily  [syn:  {stumble},  {bumble}] 
  4:  speak  haltingly  [syn:  {stutter},  {stammer}] 




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