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used in The Great Gatsby

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to move back and forth (shake or quiver)


to change, be unsure, or weak
  • Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion.
    p. 109.1
unwavering = steady

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unwavering means not and reverses the meaning of wavering. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The silhouette of a moving cat wavered across the moonlight, and turning my head to watch it, I saw that I was not alone — fifty feet away a figure had emerged from the shadow of my neighbor's mansion and was standing with his hands in his pockets regarding the silver pepper of the stars.
    p. 20.6
  • wavered = moved
  • The "death car" as the newspapers called it, didn't stop; it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically for a moment, and then disappeared around the next bend.
    p. 137.3
wavered = moved off of a steady course
There are no more uses of "waver" in The Great Gatsby.

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