verb (used without object)
to walk, move, or stand unsteadily.
to falter or begin to give way, as in an argument or fight.
to waver or begin to doubt, as in purpose or opinion; hesitate:
After staggering momentarily, he recognized that he had to make a decision.
verb (used with object)
to cause to reel, totter, or become unsteady:
This load would stagger an elephant.
to shock; render helpless with amazement or the like; astonish:
The vastness of outer space staggers the mind.
to cause to waver or falter:
The news staggered her belief in the triumph of justice.
to arrange in a zigzag order or manner on either side of a center:
The captain staggered the troops along the road.
to arrange otherwise than at the same time, especially in a series of alternating or continually overlapping intervals:
They planned to stagger lunch hours so that the cafeteria would not be rushed.
Aeronautics. 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.
the act of staggering; a reeling or tottering movement or motion.
a staggered order or arrangement.
a staggered arrangement of wings.
the amount of staggering.
staggers, (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
Also called blind staggers. acute selenium poisoning of livestock characterized by a staggering gait usually followed by respiratory failure and death.
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.
(usually intransitive) to walk or cause to walk unsteadily as if about to fall
(transitive) to astound or overwhelm, as with shock: I am staggered by his ruthlessness
(transitive) to place or arrange in alternating or overlapping positions or time periods to prevent confusion or congestion: a staggered junction, to stagger holidays
(intransitive) to falter or hesitate: his courage staggered in the face of the battle
(transitive) to set (the wings of a biplane) so that the leading edge of one extends beyond that of the other
the act or an instance of staggering
a staggered arrangement on a biplane, etc
- Staggered directorships
plural noun 1. (commerce) a defence against unwelcome takeover bids in which a company resolves that its directors should serve staggered terms of office and that no director can be removed from office without just cause, thus preventing a bidder from controlling the board for some years
- Staggered hours
plural noun 1. a system of working in which the employees of an organization do not all arrive and leave at the same time, but have large periods of overlap
- Staggered pin grid array
hardware (SPGA) A style of integrated circuit socket or pin-out with a staggered grid of pins around the edge of the socket, positioned as several squares, one inside the other. SPGA is commonly used on motherboards for processors, e.g. Socket 5, Socket 7 and Socket 8. See also PGA. [Better description?] (1999-08-04)
or staggered head noun 1. dropline.