Faltered
Falter Fal"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Faltered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Faltering}.] [OE. falteren, faltren, prob. from fault. See {Fault}, v. & n.] 1. To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters. [1913 Webster]

With faltering speech and visage incomposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady. ``He found his legs falter.'' --Wiseman. [1913 Webster]

3. To hesitate in purpose or action. [1913 Webster]

Ere her native king Shall falter under foul rebellion's arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought. [1913 Webster]

Here indeed the power of disinct conception of space and distance falters. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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