falter vs waver what difference

what is difference between falter and waver

English

Alternative forms

  • faulter (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English falteren (to stagger), further origin unknown. Possibly from a North Germanic source such as Old Norse faltrask (be encumbered). May also be a frequentative of fold, although the change from d to t is unusual.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːltə(r)/, /ˈfɒltə(r)/

Noun

falter

  1. unsteadiness.

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Verb

falter (third-person singular simple present falters, present participle faltering, simple past and past participle faltered)

  1. To waver or be unsteady; to weaken or trail off.
    • 1672, Richard Wiseman, A Treatise of Wounds
      He found his legs falter.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
    • 1807, Lord Byron, Childish Recollections
      And here he faltered forth his last farewell.
  3. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
      Here indeed the power of distinctly conceiving of space and distance falters.
  4. To stumble.
  5. (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
    • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter.
  6. To hesitate in purpose or action.
  7. To cleanse or sift, as barley.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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References



English

Etymology

From Middle English waveren, from Old Norse vafra (to flicker), akin to Old English wǣfre (restless, wavering). Related to wave.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈweɪ.və(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈweɪ.vɚ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪvə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: waiver

Verb

waver (third-person singular simple present wavers, present participle wavering, simple past and past participle wavered)

  1. (intransitive) To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.
    Flowers wavered in the breeze.
    • 1523–1525, Jean Froissart, John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners (translator), Froissart’s Chronicles
      With banners and pennons wavering with the wind.
  2. (intransitive) To flicker, glimmer, quiver, as a weak light.
  3. (intransitive) To fluctuate or vary, as commodity prices or a poorly sustained musical pitch.
  4. (intransitive) To shake or tremble, as the hands or voice.
    His voice wavered when the reporter brought up the controversial topic.
  5. (intransitive) To falter; become unsteady; begin to fail or give way.
    • 2014, Jacob Steinberg, “Wigan shock Manchester City in FA Cup again to reach semi-finals”, The Guardian, 9 March 2014:
      Although they believe they can overhaul their 2-0 deficit, they cannot afford to be as lethargic as this at Camp Nou, and the time is surely approaching when Manuel Pellegrini’s faith in Martín Demichelis wavers.
  6. (intransitive) To be indecisive between choices; to feel or show doubt or indecision; to vacillate.
    Despite all the terrible things that happened to her, she never wavered from her beliefs.

Translations

Noun

waver (plural wavers)

  1. An act of wavering, vacillating, etc.
  2. Someone who waves, enjoys waving, etc.
    I felt encouraged by all the enthusiastic wavers in the crowd.
    The Fourth of July brings out all the flag wavers.
    Johnny is such a little waver; everyone who passes by receives his preferred greeting.
  3. Someone who specializes in waving (hair treatment).
  4. A tool that accomplishes hair waving.
  5. (Britain, dialect, dated) A sapling left standing in a fallen wood.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Translations

See also

  • waiver

References

  • waver at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • waver in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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