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Stammering

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stammering (Physiol) A disturbance in the formation of sounds. It is due essentially to long-continued spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm, by which expiration is prevented, and hence it may be considered as a spasmodic inspiration.
    • a Stammering Apt to stammer; hesitating in speech; stuttering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stammering Hesitating speech; imperfect articulation; stuttering.
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Quotations

  • Patrick Campbell
    Patrick Campbell
    “From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech. I have never permitted the use of the word stammer. I can't say it myself.”

Usage

In literature:

Madame de Mortemart, with flaming visage, sought to stammer out her reproaches.
"The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete" by Madame La Marquise De Montespan
Then he stammered something, but in a tone so low that it could not be heard.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
I hesitated at every word, thought myself before the assembly, became confused, stammered, and lost my presence of mind.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Suddenly he stopped short, and stammered some vague excuse.
"A Woodland Queen, Complete" by Andre Theuriet
But you, O rapturous delights, languishing smiles, and first caressing, stammering utterance of love, you who can be seen, who are you?
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
He even stammered an apology.
"Fromont and Risler, Complete" by Alphonse Daudet
Today, as a result of twenty-eight years' daily contact with stammerers, I know that stammering cannot be outgrown.
"Stammering, Its Cause and Cure" by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
We are grateful when spared the conclusion of a sentence born to stammer.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
It has caused him fits of stammering.
"The Short Works of George Meredith" by George Meredith
I stammered and made mistakes in uttering the responses.
"Basil" by Wilkie Collins
The best he could do was to stammer a hope that she would not be obliged to sell the house.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
His stammer became more pronounced.
"A Rock in the Baltic" by Robert Barr
He had a slight stammer.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
She saw a Jenkins totally unknown to her, wild-eyed, stammering, with brutish laugh and insulting hands.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
She could only stammer the first thing that came into her head.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
For a moment she was unable to stammer her thanks.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Two or three times he tried to find words, producing nothing but a stammering of incoherent syllables.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
It affected me still more deeply to see my father stammer and flush with uncontrollable emotion.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Acacius, a few years before, had denounced to Pope Simplicius himself this Peter the Stammerer as an adulterer, robber, and son of darkness.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
C. R. D. noted this and his stammering became several degrees worse.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
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In poetry:

But with those I love best
I stammer and mutter,
And gossip and jest
Are all I can utter:
"Seals" by Gamaliel Bradford
'Shells with lip, or tooth, or bleeding gum,
Tell-tale shells, and shells that whisper Come,
Shells that stammer, blush, and yet are dumb——'
'O let me hear.'
"A Duet" by Thomas Sturge Moore
I cannot grasp that glory with my hand,
Nor clasp my wonder in the casket choice
Of undulant words or words of the straight voice--
I, stammering of speech and halt of hand.
"With Only This For Likeness, Only These Words " by Thomas MacDonagh
I try this little leap,
Wishing that from the deep,
I might some pearl of song adventurous bring.
Despairing, here I stop,
And my poor offering drop,--
Why stammer I when thou art here to sing?
"Tribute To Oliver Wendell Holmes" by Julia Ward Howe
Creator!—that infinity
Is but an atom-speck to Thee,
And what is man? and how can he,
With stammering lips and bended knee,
Look upward—upward? Yea, he can,
Because Thy grace has beamed on man.
"Hymn: The Minstrel Harp of Poetry" by John Bowring
Do they say, "Be content with the land of the Innis Fail,
O and O! there is friendship here, there is song."
But they smile to your face, when you turn they stammer and rail
And the song of the singer has tears and is over long!
"Tir Nan Og" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

Donald Trump stammered when asked if Jason Binn, the 31-year-old publisher of Hamptons, Ocean Drive and Palm Beach magazines, was the developer's best friend.
Grown men who have seen a few things in their day -- stammer in awe.
Colin Firth plays a stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech".
The Stammering Century, Gilbert Seldes's history of 19th century American religious movements and their leaders.
A few times memory and focus failed to the point of sputtering and stammering, until the Jeopardy-like, improvised delivery of the mangled line in the form of a question finally stopped the wide-eyed spluttering.
Colin Firth had to go above and beyond his usual craft to come up with a credible stammer for his Oscar-winning role in 'The King's Speech,' which also won Best Picture.
Colin Firth plays a convincing monarch, stammer and all, in 'The King's Speech.
He employs the intellectual stammer.
Gilbert Seldes, the author of The Stammering Century, writes.
Stammering State Department Secretary Rice ducks the question: Will the US boycott Durban II.
The movie, which was written by a man who stutters, shows numerous scenes where King George VI, played by Colin Firth, tries to master his stammer.
"That reminds me of the movies Marty made about New York," stammered Lou Reed somewhere in the mid-'80s.
This common refrain toward the close of a job interview can make even the best of us stammer when the tables are turned.
Josh Hartnett stammers over recent hot date with Rihanna.
Today's DVD/Blu-Ray Releases include a stammering King, a clever wizard, a giant Jack Black, and a movie dealing with losing a child.
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In science:

We are now ready to state our transcendence criterion for (general) stammering continued fractions.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Theorem ABL is as strong for ‘purely’ stammering sequences as for general stammering sequences, provided that the repetitions do not occur too far away from the beginning of the infinite word.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Equivalent with this last statement is that for a shortest gallery from a chamber C∞ containing S∞ to a chamber C ′ ∞ containing S ′ ∞ (‘shortest’ meaning minimal over all choices of C∞ and C ′ ∞ ), the corresponding gallery in the residue Λβ between the germs of sectors [C ]β to [C ′ ]β always is non-stammering.
(Non-)completeness of R-buildings and fixed point theorems
Hoteit, I., Khol, A., Stammer, D. and Heimbach, P., 2003: A reduced-order optimization strategy for four dimensional variational data assimilation.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
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