- fluctuating; varying; unstable.
- undulating; moving or seeming to move in waves.
Origin of fluctuant
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Examples from the Web for fluctuant
She seemed to be clothed in fluctuant light, and yet it could not dim one radiance of her beauty."Persons Unknown"
With fluctuant blackness against immutable blackness great sweeping pine trees swished weirdly into the horizon.Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Put forth thy wings, thy coronals of Love, wrap thee with fluctuant Winds and exulting Seas!The Masque of the Elements
And the fluctuant oceans plume on plume Bears down to a rock-ribbed hidden doom, And the sky is ashen gray.Trench Ballads and Other Verses
Erwin Clarkson Garrett
Brown is fluctuant; he once lay at a woman's house in Pemlicoe, Dublin.
- inclined to vary or fluctuate; unstable
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Word Origin and History for fluctuant
1550s, from Latin fluctuantem (nominative fluctuans), present participle of fluctuare "to move in waves" (see fluctuation).
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