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n. hesitation; vacillation; fluctuation
adj. vacillant, not certain in objective or action
v. sway, oscillate, vacillate, fluctuate; blink, flicker (as of light); wobble, tremble; collapse; begin to fail; hesitate, falter

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1. indecision in speech or action
(synonym) hesitation, vacillation
(hypernym) indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution
(derivation) hesitate, waver, waffle
2. the quality of being unsteady and subject to fluctuations; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"
(synonym) fluctuation
(hypernym) irregularity, unregularity
(hyponym) scintillation
(derivation) fluctuate, vacillate, waver

1. uncertain in purpose or action
(synonym) vacillant, vacillating
(similar) irresolute


1. someone who communicates by waving
(hypernym) communicator
(derivation) brandish, flourish, wave
2. the act of pausing uncertainly; "there was a hesitation in his speech"
(synonym) hesitation, falter, faltering
(hypernym) pause
(derivation) hesitate, waffle
3. the act of moving back and forth
(synonym) flutter, flicker
(hypernym) motion, movement, move, motility
(derivation) falter

1. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
(synonym) hesitate, waffle
(hyponym) dwell on, linger over
(entail) doubt
(derivation) hesitation, falter, faltering
2. be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
(synonym) falter
(hypernym) hesitate, waffle
(derivation) waverer, vacillator, hesitator, hesitater
3. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
(synonym) falter
(hypernym) move
(derivation) flutter, flicker
4. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated"
(synonym) fluctuate, vacillate
(hypernym) swing
(verb-group) fluctuate
(derivation) flutter, flicker
5. move back and forth very rapidly; "the candle flickered"
(synonym) flicker, flitter, flutter, quiver
(hypernym) move back and forth
(derivation) flutter, flicker
6. sway to and fro
(synonym) weave
(hypernym) swing, sway
(derivation) flutter, flicker
7. give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
(synonym) quaver
(hypernym) voice, sound, vocalize, vocalise

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v. (za)váhat; chvět se

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Czas. wahać się; być niezdecydowanym; zachwiać się

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Waver

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