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fluxion

[fluhk-shuh n] /ˈflʌk ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of flowing; a flow or flux.
2.
Mathematics. the derivative relative to the time.
Origin of fluxion
1535-1545
1535-45; < Middle French < Late Latin fluxiōn- (stem of fluxiō) a flowing. See flux, -ion
Related forms
fluxional, fluxionary, adjective
fluxionally, adverb
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  • Mr. fluxion remained on deck; for he attended to the navigation himself.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Mr. fluxion "made no sign," and the acting officers were as reticent as ever.

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  • In a word, Mr. fluxion understood his crew, and knew what he was about.

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  • Mr. fluxion immediately went on board of the ship, and reported to the principal.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Mr. fluxion called Captain Terrill, and the order was given to pipe all hands.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • "Suppose I take them with me," suggested Mr. fluxion, with a smile.

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  • Mr. fluxion was the first vice-principal in charge of the Josephine.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • As before, Mr. fluxion had preceded them, and engaged accommodations at the hotels.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • A boat from the ship was alongside, and Mr. fluxion had just stepped on board.

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  • "No order to that effect was sent by me," replied Mr. fluxion.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for fluxion

fluxion

/ˈflʌkʃən/
noun
1.
(maths, obsolete) the rate of change of a function, especially the instantaneous velocity of a moving body; derivative
2.
a less common word for flux (sense 1), flux (sense 2)
Derived Forms
fluxional, fluxionary, adjective
fluxionally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin fluxiō a flowing
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