- To thrash in the chaff; also, to cleanse or sift, as barley.
- To utter with hesitation, or in a broken, trembling, or weak manner.
v. & n.
- To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters.
- To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady.
- To hesitate in purpose or action.
- To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought.
- Hesitation; trembling; feebleness; an uncertain or broken sound; as, a slight falter in her voice.