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faltering


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Faltering  \Fal"ter*ing\,  a. 
  Hesitating;  trembling.  ``With  faltering  speech.''  --Milton. 
  --  n.  Falter;  halting;  hesitation.  --  {Fal"ter*ing*ly},  adv 
 
  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]: 
 
  faltering 
  adj  :  unsteady  in  speech  or  action 
  n  :  the  act  of  pausing  uncertainly;  "there  was  a  hesitation  in 
  his  speech"  [syn:  {hesitation},  {waver},  {falter}] 




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