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quaver

Music a note having the time value of an eighth of a semibreve
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For example, in Confessions of a Beachcomber he described drifting over a coral garden: 'Tiny fish, glowing like jewels, flash and dart among the intricate, interlacing branches, or quaveringly poise about some slender point--humming-birds of the sea, sipping their nectar.' (15) Banfield, however, did not restrict his descriptions of the underwater world to the picturesque.
But many of his colleagues, both Democratic and Republican, remain quaveringly reluctant to restore the balance between national security and personal privacy that was lost 13 years ago when a panicked Congress reacted to the terrorist attacks of Sept.
"Every leaf in the park is quiverlingly, quaveringly alive to The Sound of Music.