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Below you will find the definition of falter, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - walk unsteadily
EXAMPLES - Falter in a Sentence
- If I let it falter at all, I was sure my face would crumple. (source)
- Without trust, he says, societies falter in all kinds of ways. (source)
- They must now remain vigilant not to falter on this difficult path. (source)
- She was gratified to see Hal's expression falter, just for a moment. (source)
- Meanwhile, the bills grew staggering and Nimbus threatened to falter. (source)
- Of course Jason would come close in a competition but falter at the last minute. (source)
- He did then veritably fail and "falter" before the questions of life and death which beset him. (source)
- You just hang around long enough to see everyone else falter, which is exactly what Cabrera did. (source)
- He had no lie handy, but his voice didn't falter as he made up an excuse on the spur of the moment. (source)
- As I hefted the demijohn, I saw Sim exiting by the side door, and thought I had best be at his heels or he might falter. (source)
- Seeing her expression falter slightly at this, he pressed his advantage, stretching out a hand to her and speaking kindly. (source)
- Just look at what happened when the structured investment vehicles (or SIVs) of Citigroup and other megabanks began to falter. (source)
- She didn't falter, as did other women summoned by His Excellency, but strode resolutely toward his bedroom in the rear section. (source)
- There, it could falter amid calls by some lawmakers for stronger measures to limit the amount of public money used in any bailout. (source)
- After two weeks, Iron Man 2 will falter from the top spot to make room for the fourth Shrek film, which should have a huge weekend. (source)
- The mailman saw them but did not falter in his ritual, continuing to dance without pause, raising his arms toward the sliver of the moon. (source)
- But Wayne Cascio, a management professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, says evidence suggests Alcoa may falter in the longer run. (source)
- Two quarterbacks, three sacks, four plays, and I'm wondering, does Tice think the word falter'' applies. real_rick at 10:16 PM August 15, 2011 (source)
- Did Fox Reality Channel falter because Americans have finally had their fill of watching other Americans humiliate themselves in ever weirder ways? (source)
- But, clearly, not only will he need to be at his absolute best to ascend to the podium, he'll need most of the skaters ahead of him to falter, which is unlikely. (source)
- Ian Holloway's patter did not falter as he insisted it is far better that Blackpool must now beat Manchester United to survive rather than face a weaker team on Sunday. (source)
- Instead, our knee-jerk reactions to the anxiety we experience when our relationships falter is to give up on the challenges of intimacy before we really know what is next. (source)
- Meanwhile, non-democracies with heavily constrained market economies, such as Egypt, continue to falter with low economic output, high inflation and high population growth. (source)
- Money says "let's develop these talented youngsters quickly, get them maximum exposure, drive them hard to success, and then discard them when they falter for fresh new faces." (source)
- This suggests that Egypt's forthcoming transition to democracy will be extremely difficult and may falter, because the Mubarak regime did literally nothing in 30 years to prepare Egypt for it. (source)
- If joblessness persists, "there's a danger countries will turn inward, and, as a result, international cooperation will falter," said World Bank President Robert Zoellick in a weekend briefing. (source)
- Buying stocks on dips brought about by negative litigation news flow is a risky investment strategy, as the tailwind of several victories can quickly falter in the face of just one harsh judgment. (source)
- And this is where Vishneva's portrayal separated itself from other Giselles who grimace and falter on the right musical count but who don't live her disorder, don't reveal how close it is to the surface. (source)
- Programs that might work for small, homogeneous towns, he says, may falter in big, fast-growing cities like Colorado Springs, where an increasingly diverse population tends to have varying wants and needs. (source)
- Treasurys have rallied significantly in recent weeks, with the 10-year note's yield dipping more than 80 basis points in the second quarter amid anxiety that the economic recovery could falter in the second half of the year. (source)
- The combination of the lowest U.S. inflation rate in four decades and continuing concerns that the global recovery will falter is boosting bonds even as yields on 10-year notes fall below 3 percent, the lowest since April 2009. (source)
- Inc. helped U.S. stock markets rebound from Wednesday's losses, eroding flows from the Treasury market that had enticed strong demand in recent weeks on fears that the economic recovery could falter in the second half of the year. (source)
- But over the past few weeks, the main driver has become worries about the U.S. economic outlook as weak economic reports raised fears the economic recovery may falter in the second half of the year when federal fiscal stimulus fades. (source)
- It did not work so happily with his spoken wish for a freeze of Israeli settlements; and he has seen the word falter on the verge of the deed once more, in the wish for a comprehensive health care bill before the summer or before Thanksgiving. (source)
- The great G.E. Moore, in his Principia Ethica, demonstrated that all attempts to relate ethics to evolution falter on the "naturalistic fallacy": evolution concerns "is" statements, claims about matters of fact, while morality concerns "ought" statements. (source)
- One thing the president did not plan for then was the public's growing discontent with his focus on health care and other priorities as the economy continued to falter - which led to a drop in his approval rating and helped fuel a backlash against Democratic candidates. (source)
- The galling fire caused the enemy to falter, and while still wavering Wilson rallied his men, and turning some of them against the right flank of the Confederates, broke their line, and compelled them to withdraw for security behind the heavy works thrown up for the defense of the city in 1862. (source)
- Japanese data for February so far have highlighted the predicament that the nation's economy is facing: While production is unlikely to falter on the back of rebounding foreign demand for Japanese goods, gains from exports have yet to filter through to the domestic economy, leaving it mired in deflation. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "falter" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 30 synonyms for falter.
be undecided, bobble, break, drop the ball, flounder, fluctuate, fluff, halt, hem and haw, hesitate, lurch, quaver, reel, rock, roll, scruple, shake, speak haltingly, stagger, stammer, stub toe, teeter, topple, totter, tremble, trip up, vacillate, waver, whiffle, wobble
We have 10 antonyms for falter.
calm, continue, endure, hold, maintain, persist, remain, stabilize, stay, steady
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of falter from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver. See Synonyms at hesitate.
- (verb-intransitive) To speak hesitatingly; stammer.
- (verb-intransitive) To move ineptly or haltingly; stumble.
- (verb-intransitive) To operate or perform unsteadily or with a loss of effectiveness: The automobile engine faltered.
- (noun) Unsteadiness in speech or action.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) unsteadiness.
- (verb) To waver or be unsteady.
- (verb) To stammer.
- (verb) To stumble.
- (verb) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley.
- (verb-intransitive) To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer.
- (verb-intransitive) To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.
- (verb-intransitive) To hesitate in purpose or action.
- (verb-intransitive) To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To be unsteady; tremble; totter: as, his legs falter.
- (None) To fail in accuracy, distinctness, or regularity of exercise or function; fail or waver from physical or moral weakness, emotion, etc.
- (None) To hesitate, especially to hesitate in the utterance of words; speak with a broken or trembling utterance; stammer: as, his tongue falters.
- (None) Synonyms Stutter, etc. See stammer.
- (noun) The act of faltering, hesitating, trembling, stammering, or the like; unsteadiness; hesitation; trembling; quavering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) walk unsteadily
- (noun) the act of pausing uncertainly
- (verb) speak haltingly
- (verb) be unsure or weak
- (verb) move hesitatingly, as if about to give way