vacillate

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vacillate \Vac"il*late\ (v[a^]s"[i^]l*l[=a]t), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Vacillated} (v[a^]s"[i^]l*l[=a]'t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Vacillating}.] [L. vacillare, vacillatum; cf. Skr. va[~n]c.]

1. To move one way and the other; to reel or stagger; to waver.

[A spheroid] is always liable to shift and vacillatefrom one axis to another. --Paley.

2. To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver.

Syn: See {Fluctuate}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vacillate

verb

1: be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement" [syn: {hover}, {vibrate}, {vacillate}, {oscillate}]

2: move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated" [syn: {fluctuate}, {vacillate}, {waver}]


The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.



Friday, March 27, 2015 8:50:40 PM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

DEFINE.COM_vacillate_2015-03-27_20-50-40_54-161-234-150