- continual change from one point or condition to another.
- wavelike motion; undulation.
- Genetics. a body variation due to environmental factors and not inherited.
Origin of fluctuation
Examples from the Web for fluctuation
Side effects may include recession, job contraction, 401(k) bruising, recurrent Dow fluctuation, and IRA bleeding.Up to a Point: PJ O’Rourke on Sochi and Senate Slackers
P. J. O’Rourke
February 7, 2014
Two countries, at least, are concerned in the fluctuation of every rate.
These are the main influences bearing on the fluctuation of exchange.
The solidity was all in the superstructure; the fluctuation had been all in the foundations.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
The price of cauliflowers is less subject to fluctuation than that of most other vegetables.The Cauliflower
A. A. Crozier
Prices fluctuate, and their fluctuation is apt to be deceptive.The Book-Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
- constant change; vacillation; instability
- a variation in an animal or plant that is determined by environment rather than heredity
Word Origin and History for fluctuation
mid-15c., from Middle French fluctuation (12c.) or directly from Latin fluctuationem (nominative fluctuatio) "a wavering, vacillation," noun of action from past participle stem of fluctuare "to undulate, to move in waves," from fluctus "wave, billow, surge," from past participle of fluere "to flow" (see fluent).