Definitions for staggerˈstæg ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stag•gerˈstæg ər(v.i.)

  1. to walk, move, or stand unsteadily.

  2. to falter or begin to give way, as in an argument.

  3. to waver or hesitate, as in purpose or resolve.

  4. (v.t.)to cause to reel, totter, or become unsteady.

  5. to astonish or shock:

    a fact that staggers the mind.

  6. to cause to waver or falter.

  7. to arrange in an alternating pattern:

    to stagger lunch hours.

  8. (n.)the act of staggering; a reeling or tottering movement.

  9. a staggered order or arrangement.

  10. staggers, (used with a sing. v.) any of several severe diseases of livestock characterized by a staggering gait.

    Category: Veterinary Science

Origin of stagger:

1520–30; earlier stacker to reel, ME stakeren < ON stakra to reel =stak(a) to stagger +-ra freq. suffix

stag′ger•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurch, stumble, stagger(verb)

    an unsteady uneven gait

  2. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  3. stagger, flounder(verb)

    walk with great difficulty

    "He staggered along in the heavy snow"

  4. stagger, distribute(verb)

    to arrange in a systematic order

    "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"

  5. stagger(verb)

    astound or overwhelm, as with shock

    "She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stagger(verb)ˈstæg ər

    to walk as if you might fall

    The injured man staggered away.

  2. staggerˈstæg ər

    to divide a process into parts that do not all begin or happen at the same time

    The government staggered the payments over a three-week period.

  3. staggerˈstæg ər

    to shock

    We were staggered by the poverty we saw.

Wiktionary

  1. stagger(Noun)

    An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.

  2. stagger(Noun)

    A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apoplectic or sleepy staggers.

  3. stagger(Noun)

    bewilderment; perplexity.

  4. stagger(Verb)

    In standing or walking, to sway from one side to the other as if about to fall; to stand or walk unsteadily; to reel or totter.

    She began to stagger across the room.

  5. stagger(Verb)

    To cause to reel or totter.

    The powerful blow of his opponent's fist staggered the boxer.

  6. stagger(Verb)

    To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.

    After the second earthquake, the clock tower began to stagger.

  7. stagger(Verb)

    To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.

    Under severe criticism, the leader began to stagger.

  8. stagger(Verb)

    To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.

    He will stagger the committee when he presents his report.

  9. stagger(Verb)

    To arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam.

  10. stagger(Verb)

    To arrange similar objects such that each is ahead or above and to one side of the next.

    We will stagger the starting positions for the race on the oval track.

  11. stagger(Verb)

    To schedule in intervals.

    We will stagger the run so the faster runners can go first, then the joggers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stagger(noun)

    to move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter

  2. Stagger(noun)

    to cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail

  3. Stagger(noun)

    to begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate

  4. Stagger(verb)

    to cause to reel or totter

  5. Stagger(verb)

    to cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock

  6. Stagger(verb)

    to arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam

  7. Stagger(noun)

    an unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man

  8. Stagger(noun)

    a disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers

  9. Stagger(noun)

    bewilderment; perplexity

Freebase

  1. Stagger

    In aviation, stagger is the horizontal positioning of a biplane, triplane, or multiplane's wings in relation to one another. An aircraft is said to have positive stagger, or simply stagger, when the upper wing is positioned forward of the lower wing, such as the de Havilland Tiger Moth or Stearman. Conversely, an aeroplane is said to have negative stagger in unusual cases where the upper wing is positioned behind the lower wing, as in the Sopwith Dolphin or Beech Model 17 Staggerwing. An aircraft with the wings positioned directly above each other is said to have unstaggered wings, as in the Sopwith Cuckoo or Vickers Vildebeest.


Translations for stagger

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

stagger(verb)

to sway, move or walk unsteadily

The drunk man staggered along the road.

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