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falter - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'falter' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Falter [ v. & n.]
- To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters.
- To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.
- To hesitate in purpose or action.
- To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought.
2 . Falter [ v. i.]
- Hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound; as, a slight falter in her voice.
3 . Falter [ v. t.]
- To thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley.
- To utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner.

Meaning of 'falter' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . falter [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the act of pausing uncertainly
Example in sentence:
  • there was a hesitation in his speech
2 . falter [ v]
Meaning (2):
- walk unsteadily
Example in sentence:
  • small children toddle;
  • The drunk man stumbled about
Meaning (3):
- speak haltingly
Example in sentence:
  • The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room
Meaning (4):
- be unsure or weak
Example in sentence:
  • Their enthusiasm is faltering