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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluctuate  \Fluc"tu*ate\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fluctuated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Fluctuating}.]  [L.  fluctuatus  p.  p.  of 
  fluctuare,  to  wave,  fr  fluctus  wave,  fr  fluere  fluctum  to 
  flow.  See  {Fluent},  and  cf  {Flotilla}.] 
  1.  To  move  as  a  wave;  to  roll  hither  and  thither;  to  wave;  to 
  float  backward  and  forward,  as  on  waves;  as  a  fluctuating 
  field  of  air.  --Blackmore. 
 
  2.  To  move  now  in  one  direction  and  now  in  another;  to  be 
  wavering  or  unsteady;  to  be  irresolute  or  undetermined;  to 
  vacillate. 
 
  Syn:  To  waver;  vacillate;  hesitate;  scruple. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Fluctuate},  {Vacillate},  {Waver}.  --  Fluctuate  is 
  applied  both  to  things  and  persons  and  denotes  that 
  they  move  as  they  are  acted  upon  The  stocks 
  fluctuate;  a  man  fluctuates  between  conflicting 
  influences.  Vacillate  and  waver  are  applied  to  persons 
  to  represent  them  as  acting  themselves.  A  man 
  vacillates  when  he  goes  backward  and  forward  in  his 
  opinions  and  purposes,  without  any  fixity  of  mind  or 
  principles.  A  man  wavers  when  he  shrinks  back  or 
  hesitates  at  the  approach  of  difficulty  or  danger.  One 
  who  is  fluctuating  in  his  feelings  is  usually 
  vacillating  in  resolve,  and  wavering  in  execution. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluctuate  \Fluc"tu*ate\,  v.  t. 
  To  cause  to  move  as  a  wave;  to  put  in  motion.  [R.] 
 
  And  fluctuate  all  the  still  perfume.  --Tennyson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fluctuate 
  v  1:  move  in  an  unstable  manner  [syn:  {vacillate},  {waver}] 
  2:  be  unstable;  have  ups  and  downs;  "The  stock  market 
  fluctuates" 




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