Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of VACILLATE

Pronunciation:  'vasu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated"
  2. [v]  be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action; "He oscillates between accepting the new position and retirement"

VACILLATE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: fluctuate, hover, oscillate, vibrate, waver
 See Also: hesitate, shillyshally, swing, waffle, waver



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vac"il*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vacillated}; 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

         [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}.