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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Falter \Fal"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Faltered; p. pr. & vb. n. Faltering.] [OE. falteren, faltren, prob. from fault. See Fault, v. & n.] 1. To hesitate; to speak brokenly or weakly; to stammer; as, his tongue falters. [1913 Webster] With faltering speech and visage incomposed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To tremble; to totter; to be unsteady. "He found his legs falter." --Wiseman. [1913 Webster] 3. To hesitate in purpose or action. [1913 Webster] Ere her native king Shall falter under foul rebellion's arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; -- said of the mind or of thought. [1913 Webster] Here indeed the power of disinct conception of space and distance falters. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]