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intr.v. fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing, fluc·tu·ates
To vary irregularly, especially in amount: School enrollment has fluctuated from year to year.
[Latin flūctuāre, flūctuāt-, from flūctus, a flowing, from past participle of fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. constant change; vacillation; instability
3. (Biology) a variation in an animal or plant that is determined by environment rather than heredity
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|Noun||1.||fluctuation - a wave motion; "the fluctuations of the sea"|
|2.||fluctuation - an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change|
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
vicissitude - a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something; "the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research"
allomerism - (chemistry) variability in chemical composition without variation in crystalline form
deviation, difference, divergence, departure - a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; "the deviation from the mean"
permutation, substitution, switch, transposition, replacement - an event in which one thing is substituted for another; "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"
business cycle, trade cycle - recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline
daily variation - fluctuations that occur between one day and the next
diurnal variation - fluctuations that occur during each day
tide - something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea); "a rising tide of popular interest"
|3.||fluctuation - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"|
scintillation - the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
1. acto de fluctuar, variación de un curso a otro;
2. sensación de movimiento ondulante producido por líquidos en el cuerpo que se percibe en un examen de palpación.