wobble

[wob-uhl]
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
Also, wabble.


Origin:
1650–60; < Low German wabbeln; akin to Old Norse vafla to toddle, Middle High German wabelen to waver, Old English wæflian to speak incoherently

wobbler, noun
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wobble (ˈwɒbəl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to move, rock, or sway unsteadily
2.  (intr) to tremble or shake: her voice wobbled with emotion
3.  (intr) to vacillate with indecision
4.  (tr) to cause to wobble
 
n
5.  a wobbling movement, motion, or sound
 
[C17: variant of wabble, from Low German wabbeln; related to Middle High German wabelen to waver]
 
'wobbler
 
n

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wobble
1657, probably from Low Ger. wabbeln "to wobble;" cognate with O.N. vafla "hover about, totter," related to vafra "move unsteadily," from P.Gmc. *wab- "to move back and forth" (see waver). The noun is attested from 1699.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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.
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