Definitions for: Fluctuation


[n] the quality of being unsteady and subject to fluctuations; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"
[n] an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
[n] a wave motion; "the fluctuations of the sea"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: variation, wavering

See Also: allomerism, alteration, business cycle, change, daily variation, departure, deviation, difference, diurnal variation, divergence, irregularity, modification, permutation, replacement, scintillation, substitution, switch, tide, trade cycle, transposition, undulation, unregularity, vicissitude, wave

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