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wobble

[wob-uh l] /ˈwɒb əl/
verb (used without object), wobbled, wobbling.
1.
to incline to one side and to the other alternately, as a wheel, top, or other rotating body when not properly balanced.
2.
to move unsteadily from side to side:
The table wobbled on its uneven legs.
3.
to show unsteadiness; tremble; quaver:
His voice wobbled.
4.
to vacillate; waver.
verb (used with object), wobbled, wobbling.
5.
to cause to wobble.
noun
6.
a wobbling movement.
Also, wabble.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Low German wabbeln; akin to Old Norse vafla to toddle, Middle High German wabelen to waver, Old English wæflian to speak incoherently
Related forms
wobbler, noun
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Examples from the web for wobble
  • One method astronomers use is to look for a slight wobble in a star's movement.
  • Being so bright and nearby would also help researchers detect the tiny wobble a small terrestrial planet would impart.
  • The twisting makes the matter precess, or wobble, as it spirals into the dead star.
  • As an object orbits a star, its gravitational pull causes the star to wobble back and forth.
  • They generate more wobble and obscure more light when they are so close to their parent star.
  • He bursts into first contact with enough strength to literally wobble his opposition.
  • Two days after it had opened, with the source of the wobble still a mystery, the bridge was closed for an indefinite period.
  • Her singing voice, which was never large, is now severely diminished in size and range and has a noticeable wobble.
  • He practiced daily for more than a month before he could wobble up and down his driveway.
  • First, the subject of discussion was the wobble in confidence that has taken place over the past year.
British Dictionary definitions for wobble

wobble

/ˈwɒbəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
2.
(intransitive) to tremble or shake: her voice wobbled with emotion
3.
(intransitive) to vacillate with indecision
4.
(transitive) to cause to wobble
noun
5.
a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
Also called wabble
Derived Forms
wobbler, noun
Word Origin
C17: variant of wabble, from Low German wabbeln; related to Middle High German wabelen to waver
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Word Origin and History for wobble
v.

1650s, probably from Low German wabbeln "to wobble;" cognate with Old Norse vafla "hover about, totter," related to vafra "move unsteadily," from Proto-Germanic *wab- "to move back and forth" (see waver). The noun is attested from 1690s.

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wobble in Medicine

wobble wob·ble (wŏb'əl)
n.

  1. A movement or rotation with an uneven or rocking motion or an unsteady motion from side to side.

  2. The ability of one tRNA anticodon to recognize two mRNA codons, as in the third base of a tRNA anticodon pairing with any of a variety of bases that occupy the third position of different mRNA codons instead of pairing according to base pairing rules.


wob'bler n.
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