wobble

verb
wob·​ble | \ ˈwä-bəl \
variants: or less commonly
wobbled also wabbled; wobbling also wabbling\ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of wobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move or proceed with an irregular rocking or staggering motion or unsteadily and clumsily from side to side

transitive verb

: to cause to wobble

wobble

noun
variants: or less commonly wabble

Definition of wobble (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a hobbling or rocking unequal motion (as of a wheel unevenly mounted)
b : an uncertainly directed movement
2 : an intermittent variation (as in volume of sound)

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Other Words from wobble

Verb

wobbler or less commonly wabbler \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lər \ noun
wobbliness or less commonly wabbliness \ ˈwä-​blē-​nəs \ noun
wobbly or less commonly wabbly \ ˈwä-​b(ə-​)lē \ adjective

Synonyms for wobble

Synonyms: Verb

agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shake, shudder, vibrate

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Examples of wobble in a Sentence

Verb

The vase wobbled but didn't fall over. The boy was wobbling along on his bicycle. The table wobbles a little. They have been wobbling in their support of the president's policies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bake until edges are set but center still wobbles slightly, 40 minutes. Kate Merker And Talyor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Cheesecake With Pecan-Graham Crust," 7 Dec. 2018 Over time, the pedestrians inadvertently fell into sync with each other and thereby caused the bridge to wobble even more severely. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 Your floors will never be completely level, so your kitchen benches will probably wobble a bit. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Should Know Before Installing Brick Floors," 7 Sep. 2018 The rocks shifted and wobbled beneath my feet as the robust current pushed against my legs, unsteadying me. Cheryl Strayed, Vogue, "Is Glamping Camping? Wild’s Cheryl Strayed Tackles the Question—in Style," 17 July 2018 But unless exports and producer prices deteriorate much further—and the housing market starts wobbling—investors shouldn’t expect Chinese regulators to come bearing many more gifts. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Talk Is Cheap for China’s Economy—and Stocks," 19 Oct. 2018 The Harvey Weinstein one is wobbling a little bit because of a bad detective in New York. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 The Earth also wobbles on its axis like a top, and now a NASA study has clarified just what causes that wobble. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Are Causing Earth to Wobble," 25 Sep. 2018 This may happen as the economies in Europe are wobbling and those of several large developing countries are showing signs of stress. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "Investors Fret About a Trade War, but They Aren’t Fleeing the Stock Market," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet another experiment will calculate Mars’ wobble, providing clues about the planet’s core. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing," 21 Nov. 2018 The size and frequency of that wobble will reveal clues about the planet's core, including its size and density. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "InSight: NASA's next mission to Mars will go deep beneath the red planet's surface," 30 Mar. 2018 Another experiment will calculate Mars’ wobble to reveal the makeup of the planet’s core. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars touchdown: NASA spacecraft survives supersonic plunge," 28 Nov. 2018 Blazars tend to vary their output over time, as wobbles in the jets and changes in the amount of infalling matter alter the energy sent in the direction of Earth. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth," 12 July 2018 The Earth also wobbles on its axis like a top, and now a NASA study has clarified just what causes that wobble. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Are Causing Earth to Wobble," 25 Sep. 2018 The second game sometimes brings wobbles though, a draw with Ghana last time and defeat to Serbia in 2010. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Five early World Cup upsets that could shape tournament," 7 June 2018 Scientists can determine the planet's mass by using the Doppler effect to measure the wobble the planet induces on its star. Harrison Tasoff, Space.com, "NASA's TESS Satellite Will Supercharge Search for Nearby, Earth-Like Worlds," 15 Apr. 2018 Although individual Miocene glacial cycles were driven by orbital wobbles just like in the last ice age, warmth and maximum ice retreat persisted through several orbital and glacial cycles, tracking the higher atmospheric CO2. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of wobble

Verb

1657, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wobble

Verb

probably from Low German wabbeln; akin to Old English wǣfre restless — more at waver

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wobble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wobble

: to move with an unsteady side-to-side motion

: to be or become unsteady or unsure

wobble

verb
wob·​ble | \ ˈwä-bəl\
wobbled; wobbling

Kids Definition of wobble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move from side to side in a shaky manner The Black Knight … wobbled, and then fell to the ground …— Jon Scieszka, Knights of the Kitchen Table

Other Words from wobble

wobbly \ ˈwä-​blē \ adjective

wobble

noun

Kids Definition of wobble (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rocking motion from side to side

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