wobbles, wobbling, wobbled
1) VERB If something or someone wobbles, they make small movements from side to side, for example because they are unsteady.

A gravitational wave made the spacecraft wobble...

Just then, Bart returned, wobbling on his skates...

[V prep/adv] I narrowly missed a cyclist who wobbled into my path...

[V-ing] He placed one hand heavily on a fragile, wobbling table.

Wobble is also a noun.

We might look for a tiny wobble in the position of a star.

2) VERB If a person or government wobbles, they suddenly appear less secure or less sure about something. [JOURNALISM]

The coach began to wobble when some of his team selections provoked much baffled comment.

Wobble is also a noun.

Even a small wobble will hurt its banks, which have roughly $120 billion in outstanding property loans.

English dictionary. 2008.

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