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waver1

wa·ver1

waver1

 
pronunciation:
weI vr
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: wavered, wavering, wavers
definition 1: to move back and forth in a fluttering motion; sway.
The flag wavered slightly in the breeze.The needle of the compass wavered.The mild earthquake made the building waver.
synonyms:
flutter, rock, sway
similar words:
flap, oscillate, tremble, undulate, vacillate, vibrate, wag, wave, wobble
definition 2: to show indecision or uncertainty; vacillate.
Both candidates seem to waver on the election issues.
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synonyms:
falter, hesitate, vacillate
antonyms:
steady
similar words:
equivocate, flip-flop, halt, hang, hedge, hem, hover, oscillate, pause, shilly-shally, sway, tergiversate, waffle, whiffle
definition 3: to flicker, as a light or candle.
The flame wavered as a cold gust of wind came through a crack in the window.
synonyms:
flicker
similar words:
blink, gutter, quiver, wobble
definition 4: to tremble or quaver.
His voice wavered as he tried to gain his confidence.
synonyms:
quaver, tremble
similar words:
quake, quiver, vibrate, wobble
definition 5: to become unsteady or begin to weaken; falter.
I have been wavering in my resolve.The people's faith in their leader never wavered.
synonyms:
falter, weaken
antonyms:
steady
similar words:
ebb, fade, fail, stagger, wane
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of wavering, flickering, or vacillating.
synonyms:
flickering, vacillation
similar words:
flap, hesitation, pause, tremor, vibration, wobble
derivations: wavering (adj.), waveringly (adv.), waverer (n.)