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stagger
WordNet 2.0
  • an unsteady uneven gait
  • to arrange in a systematic order
  • "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
  • astound or overwhelm, as with shock
  • "She was staggered with bills after she tried to rebuild her house following the earthquake"
  • walk as if unable to control one''s movements
  • "The drunken man staggered into the room"
  • walk with great difficulty
  • "He staggered along in the heavy snow"
stagger
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To move to one side and the other, as if about to fall, in standing or walking; not to stand or walk with steadiness; to sway; to reel or totter.

    "Deep was the wound; he staggered with the blow." -- Dryden.

    2. To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail. "The enemy staggers." Addison.

    3. To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.

    "He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief." -- Rom. iv. 20.

  • 1. To cause to reel or totter.

    "That hand shall burn in never-quenching fire That staggers thus my person." -- Shak.

    2. To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.

    "Whosoever will read the story of this war will find himself much stagered." -- Howell.

    "Grants to the house of Russell were so enormous, as not only to outrage economy, but even to stagger credibility." -- Burke.

    3. To arrange (a series of parts) on each side of a median line alternately, as the spokes of a wheel or the rivets of a boiler seam.

  • 1. An unsteady movement of the body in walking or standing, as if one were about to fall; a reeling motion; vertigo; -- often in the plural; as, the stagger of a drunken man.

    2. pl. (Far.) A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; appopletic or sleepy staggers.

    3. pl. Bewilderment; perplexity. [R.] Shak.

    Stomach staggers
    (Far.), distention of the stomach with food or gas, resulting in indigestion, frequently in death.

 

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