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English noun: waver

1. waver (person) someone who communicates by waving


Broader (hypernym)communicator

2. waver (act) the act of pausing uncertainly


SamplesThere was a hesitation in his speech.


Synonymsfalter, faltering, hesitation


Broader (hypernym)pause

3. waver (act) the act of moving back and forth


Synonymsflicker, flutter


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement


English verb: waver

1. waver (stative) pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness


SamplesAuthorities hesitate to quote exact figures.


Synonymshesitate, waffle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)boggle, dwell on, falter, hover, hover, linger, linger over, oscillate, vacillate, vibrate, waver


Entaildoubt

2. waver (stative) be unsure or weak


SamplesTheir enthusiasm is faltering.


Synonymsfalter


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver

3. waver (motion) move hesitatingly, as if about to give way


Synonymsfalter


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move

4. waver (motion) move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern


SamplesThe line on the monitor vacillated.


Synonymsfluctuate, vacillate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)swing


Verb groupfluctuate

5. waver (motion) move back and forth very rapidly


SamplesThe candle flickered.


Synonymsflicker, flitter, flutter, quiver


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)move back and forth

6. waver (motion) sway to and fro


Synonymsweave


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)sway, swing

7. waver (communication) give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency


Synonymsquaver


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice









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