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Definition of the noun stagger

What does stagger mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: staggers

  1. an unsteady uneven gait
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of stagger: lurch / stumble
    • more generic word: gait = a person's manner of walking

Alternative definition of the noun stagger

noun

  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. A disease of horses and other animals, attended by reeling, unsteady gait or sudden falling; as, parasitic staggers; apoplectic or sleepy staggers.
  3. bewilderment; perplexity.

Specialised definition of the noun stagger

Glossary of sports / motorsports / auto racing

in INDYCAR racing, when the right-hand tyre has a larger diameter than the left-hand one, in order to aid in taking turns in races on ovals (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb stagger

What does stagger mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: staggered | staggering | staggers

  1. walk as if unable to control one's movements
  2. walk with great difficulty
    • examples: He staggered along in the heavy snow | The children stagger to the playground
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of stagger: flounder
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
  3. to arrange in a systematic order
    • example: stagger the chairs in the lecture hall
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of stagger: distribute
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
  4. astound or overwhelm, as with shock

Alternative definition of the verb stagger

verb

  1. [intransitive] In standing or walking, to sway from one side to the other as if about to fall; to stand or walk unsteadily; to reel or totter.
  2. [transitive] To cause to reel or totter.
  3. [intransitive] To cease to stand firm; to begin to give way; to fail.
  4. [intransitive] To begin to doubt and waver in purposes; to become less confident or determined; to hesitate.
  5. [transitive] To cause to doubt and waver; to make to hesitate; to make less steady or confident; to shock.
  6. [transitive] 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.
  7. [transitive] To arrange similar objects such that each is ahead or above and to one side of the next.
  8. [transitive] To schedule in intervals.

Film

"Stagger" is a 2009 action horror film written and directed by Paul T.T. Easter.

Music

  1. "Stagger" is a composition.
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Miscellanea

Stagger: In aviation, stagger is the horizontal positioning of a biplane, triplane, or multiplane's wings in relation to one another.

Phrases with Stagger

  1. stagger bush
  2. stagger head

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Stagger

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Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

Stagger is a Scandinavian word from a root signifying to push allied to stake. To reel signifies to go around like a reel, a small spindle for winding yarn. Tolter is for tolter, a frequentative of tilt. All these terms designate an involuntary and an ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonyms

by George Crabb

STAGGER, REEL, Torres. Stagger is a Scandinavian word from a root signifying to push allied to stake. To reel Bl dies to go around like a reel, asma spindlefor winding yarn. Totter is for tolter, a frequentative of tilt. All these terms designate an ...

Google previewThe Lazy Environmentalist (2011)

Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living by Josh Dorfman

The Bamboo Stagger is a stunning wall-size shelving unit designed to accommodate an assortment of objects by integrating shelves of varying widths and heights. The Bamboo Slide is an innovative kitchen island designed with a built-in wine ...

Google previewProceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on MACHINE LEARNING (2014)

June 22–25, 1987 University of California, Irvine by Pat Langley

STAGGER is an extension of previous work by Schlimmer and Granger (1986a, 1986b) and is able to form conjunctive, disjunctive, and negated concept descriptions from potentially noisy examples. The contribution within this paper is ...

Google previewHandcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods (2005)

by Wayne Cattanach

stagger is that similar strips on opposite sides have a tendency to neutralize each other. For a visual example of this effect, place two identical slash marks on a sheet of paper spaced to divide it into thirds. Then roll the paper into a cylinder ...

Google previewRadar Systems (2012)

by Paul A. Lynn

Although PRF stagger is a valuable technique, it has its disadvantages. Firstly, it increases system complexity. Extra delays must be switched in and out of the canceller, to compensate for changes in interpulse period. This was a serious matter ...

Google previewOutlaw Sprints

by Mike O'Leary

Tire stagger is the difference in circumference between the left rear tire and the larger right rear tire. It isn't unusual to run with a difference of 14 inches between the tires. Increasing stagger helps the car turn, while reducing the stagger will ...

Google previewThe Presbyterian review and religious journal (1845)

To stagger is a doubt; and a doubt, when God hath spoken, is a 1844.] Critical Notices. 387.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

STAGGER, v. stagger [prov.

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1865)

and Scotland in the sense of stumble or stagger. Fr. chanceler, to stagger, also to stammer. — Cot. Sw. stappla, to stammer, stutter, also to stumble. In this latter example the frequentative / signifies repetition or ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To STAGGER, v. n. [staggeren, Dutch.] ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

* To STAGGER, v. n. Istaggercn, Dutch.] 1. the capiliary lubes stagnates.

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Usage statistics about stagger

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun stagger:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb stagger:

keelflounderlurchreelstaggerdistribute

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Quotes about Stagger

Go now, verses, on your light feet, you have not trodden hard on the old earth where the graves laugh when they see their guests, the one corpse stacked on top of the other. Go now and stagger to her whom I do not know. (Hugo Claus)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1G2G2E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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