Definitions

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  • n. A motion like that of waves; a moving in this and that direction.
  • n. A wavering; unsteadiness.
  • n. The motion or undulation of a fluid collected in a natural or artificial cavity, which is felt when it is subjected to pressure or percussion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A motion like that of waves; a moving in this and that direction.
  • n. A wavering; unsteadiness
  • n. The motion or undulation of a fluid collected in a natural or artifical cavity, which is felt when it is subjected to pressure or percussion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A motion like that of waves; a waving; movement in different directions: as, the fluctuations of the sea.
  • n. Alternating action or movement; a wavering or varying course; mutation: as, the fluctuations of prices or of the funds; fluctuations of opinion.
  • n. In medicine, the alternating motion of pus or other fluids perceptible on palpation.
  • n. Synonyms and Oscillation, vacillation.
  • n. Produce; fruit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wave motion
  • n. the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes
  • n. an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

Etymologies

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From Latin fluctuationem, from fluctuare, from fluctus.

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