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stag•ger



Pronunciation: (stag'ur), [key]
v.i.
1. to walk, move, or stand unsteadily.
2. to falter or begin to give way, as in an argument or fight.
3. to waver or begin to doubt, as in purpose or opinion; hesitate: After staggering momentarily, he recognized that he had to make a decision.

v.t.
1. to cause to reel, totter, or become unsteady: This load would stagger an elephant.
2. to shock; render helpless with amazement or the like; astonish: The vastness of outer space staggers the mind.
3. to cause to waver or falter: The news staggered her belief in the triumph of justice.
4. to arrange in a zigzag order or manner on either side of a center: The captain staggered the troops along the road.
5. to arrange otherwise than at the same time, esp. in a series of alternating or continually overlapping intervals: They planned to stagger lunch hours so that the cafeteria would not be rushed.
6. Aeron.to arrange (the wings of a biplane or the like) so that the entering edge of an upper wing is either in advance of or behind that of a corresponding lower wing.

n.
1. the act of staggering; a reeling or tottering movement or motion.
2. a staggered order or arrangement.
3. Aeron.
a. a staggered arrangement of wings.
b. the amount of staggering.
4. staggers. (used with a sing. v.) Vet. Pathol.
a. Also called blind staggers. acute selenium poisoning of livestock characterized by a staggering gait usually followed by respiratory failure and death.
b. a condition of unknown cause, occurring in pregnant sheep, cattle, and other animals during or just following extended transport, characterized by a staggering gait and progressive paralysis.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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