Waver Wa"ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wavered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wavering}.] [OE. waveren, from AS. w[ae]fre wavering, restless. See {Wave}, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 1. To play or move to and fro; to move one way and the other; hence, to totter; to reel; to swing; to flutter. [1913 Webster]

With banners and pennons wavering with the wind. --Ld. Berners. [1913 Webster]

Thou wouldst waver on one of these trees as a terror to all evil speakers against dignities. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. To be unsettled in opinion; to vacillate; to be undetermined; to fluctuate; as, to water in judgment. [1913 Webster]

Let us hold fast . . . without wavering. --Heb. x. 23. [1913 Webster]

In feeble hearts, propense enough before To waver, or fall off and join with idols. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To reel; totter; vacillate. See {Fluctuate}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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