Falter

Definition of Falter

Fal´ter
v. t.1.To thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley.
v. i.1.To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters.
[imp. & p. p. Faltered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Faltering.]
With faltering speech and visage incomposed.
- Milton.
2.To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.
3.To hesitate in purpose or action.
Ere her native king
Shall falter under foul rebellion's arms.
- Shak.
4.To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; - said of the mind or of thought.
Here indeed the power of disinct conception of space and distance falters.
- I. Taylor.
v. t.1.To utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner.
And here he faltered forth his last farewell.
- Byron.
Mde me most happy, faltering "I am thine."
- Tennyson.
n.1.Hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound; as, a slight falter in her voice.
The falter of an idle shepherd's pipe.
- Lowell.

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