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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


2. waver (stative) be unsure or weak

SamplesTheir enthusiasm is faltering.


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

Broader (hypernym)hesitate, waffle, waver

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


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


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

Broader (hypernym)sway, swing

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


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice

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