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fluctuation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fluctuation  \Fluc`tu*a"tion\,  n.  [L.  fluctuatio;  cf  F. 
  fluctuation.] 
  1.  A  motion  like  that  of  waves;  a  moving  in  this  and  that 
  direction;  as  the  fluctuations  of  the  sea. 
 
  2.  A  wavering;  unsteadiness;  as  fluctuations  of  opinion; 
  fluctuations  of  prices. 
 
  3.  (Med.)  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.  --Dunglison. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fluctuation 
  n  1:  a  wave  motion;  "the  fluctuations  of  the  sea" 
  2:  an  instance  of  change;  the  rate  or  magnitude  of  change  [syn: 
  {variation}] 
  3:  the  quality  of  being  unsteady  and  subject  to  fluctuations; 
  "he  kept  a  record  of  price  fluctuations"  [syn:  {wavering}] 




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