What does falter mean?

Definitions for falter
ˈfɔl tərfal·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hesitation, waver, falter, falteringverb

    the act of pausing uncertainly

    "there was a hesitation in his speech"

  2. falter, waververb

    be unsure or weak

    "Their enthusiasm is faltering"

  3. falter, waververb

    move hesitatingly, as if about to give way

  4. stumble, falter, bumbleverb

    walk unsteadily

    "The drunk man stumbled about"

  5. bumble, stutter, stammer, falterverb

    speak haltingly

    "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"


  1. falternoun


  2. falterverb

    To waver or be unsteady.

  3. falterverb

    To stammer.

  4. falterverb

    To stumble.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Falterverb

    to thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  2. Falter

    to hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  3. Falter

    to tremble; to totter; to be unsteady

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  4. Falter

    to hesitate in purpose or action

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  5. Falter

    to fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  6. Falterverb

    to utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]

  7. Falterverb

    hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound; as, a slight falter in her voice

    Etymology: [See Falter, v. i.]


  1. Falter

    Falter is a weekly magazine published in Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1977, it is published weekly on Wednesdays. Since Spring 2005 a local edition has also been published in Styria. The magazine reports from a broadly left-liberal perspective on politics, media, culture and the life. In addition to its original role as a listings magazine of the arts and social life, it has also developed a reputation for investigative journalism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Falter

    fawl′tėr, v.i. to stumble: to fail or stammer in speech: to tremble or totter: to be feeble or irresolute.—n. any unsteadiness.—n. Fal′tering, feebleness, deficiency.—adv. Fal′teringly, in a faltering or hesitating manner. [Prob. a freq. of falden, fold. The conn. with fault, in which the l is late, is untenable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of falter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of falter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of falter in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Barratt:

    It's all about the numbers, the market is taking the view that governments will not allow economies to falter. These expectations suggest more active economic development will force consumption to go up.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    Ladies and gentlemen, we must win this job, we must win in 2016, and I promise you, and I hope you have seen, I am a fearless fighter, I will not falter, I have been tested, and I will fight this fight.

  3. Winston Churchill:

    We shall not fail or falter we shall not weaken or tire...Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

  4. The Dhammapada:

    As a solid rock is not shaken by the wind, so wise men falter not amidst blame or praise.

  5. R. A. Butler:

    In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.

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    lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
    • A. confectionery
    • B. trigger
    • C. staff
    • D. plantation

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