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Fal"ter (?), v. t.

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

[Prov. Eng.]



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Fal"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Faltered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Faltering.] [OE. falteren, faltren, prob. from fault. See Fault, v. & n.]


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

With faltering speech and visage incomposed. Milton.


To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.

"He found his legs falter."



To hesitate in purpose or action.

Ere her native king Shall falter under foul rebellion's arms. Shak.


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.


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Fal"ter, v. t.

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.


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Fal"ter (?), n. [See Falter, v. i.]

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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