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Meaning of falter

fal•ter

Pronunciation: (fôl'tur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, intent, etc.; give way: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship.
  2. to speak hesitatingly or brokenly.
  3. to move unsteadily; stumble.
—v.t.
  1. to utter hesitatingly or brokenly: to falter an apology.
—n.
  1. the act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
  2. a faltering sound.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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