Origin of fluctuation
OTHER WORDS FROM fluctuationnon·fluc·tu·a·tion, noun
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What does fluctuation mean?
Fluctuation is continual change.
It’s a noun form of the verb fluctuate, meaning to continually change or shift back and forth.
Fluctuation is most commonly used in the context of abstract or intangible things that frequently change, such as temperature, the stock market, or someone’s mood.
Example: The fluctuation of the volume on my TV is really annoying—it gets louder during commercials and then it gets quiet again when the show comes back on.
Where does fluctuation come from?
The first records of the word fluctuation come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb fluctuāre, meaning “to flow,” from fluctus, “a wave.”
Waves in the ocean are always in motion, rising, falling, going back and forth—they’re always in a state of fluctuation. Still, fluctuation is most commonly applied to nonphysical things. The amount of money in your bank account will fluctuate as you make deposits and withdrawals. Fluctuation may be predictable or unpredictable. In deserts, there is often an extreme but regular fluctuation in temperature between the day, when it’s very hot, and the night, when it can get very cold. But the fluctuation of a person’s mood—between happy and grumpy, for example—might happen much more unpredictably.
Things known for their fluctuation can be said to be in a state of flux—continuous change. (The word flux comes from the same root as fluctuation).
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What are some other forms related to fluctuation?
- fluctuate (verb)
- nonfluctuation (noun)
What are some synonyms for fluctuation?
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How is fluctuation used in real life?
Fluctuation can be used in all kinds of contexts, but it’s most often used in discussion of intangible things.
Aside from a little fluctuation in temperature, not much change in store for the next week or so. pic.twitter.com/TEXYaSyRqL
— NWS Raleigh (@NWSRaleigh) July 12, 2016
My tumblr activity bears a striking resemblance to my mood fluctuation. pic.twitter.com/A0fLA6AIPX
— ☾ (@LoganBerryz) March 13, 2014
lol the stock market is so dumb
TSLA opened an outrageous +15% pushing shares to nearly $1,800 and now, 4 hours later, it is below today’s opening price.
$50 BILLION market cap fluctuation in 4 hours.
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) July 13, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for fluctuation?
How to use fluctuation in a sentence
Your research adviser suggested that it may just have been random fluctuations from two sources.
That indefiniteness is known as “quantum uncertainty,” and, unfortunately also as “quantum fluctuation.”Schrödinger’s Cat When Nobody Is Looking - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Daniel Sudarsky|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
In that case, the wild fluctuations in the polls from, say, 1976 or 1988 might not be as relevant.Our Election Forecast Didn’t Say What I Thought It Would|Nate Silver (email@example.com)|August 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
It’s possible that some of the fluctuations in weekly claims aren’t that meaningful at this point, since the numbers are so huge.Yes, Unemployment Fell. But The Recovery Seems To Be Slowing Down.|Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org)|August 7, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
So if we use GSC data to measure brand, we might be able to see some fluctuations in interest but, if we’re using Google Analytics terminology, our data is basically sampled at 15%.
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|DAILY BEAST
With each wobbly, distorted bass riff and womp-womp-womp robotic fluctuation, bodies explode in epileptic fits.Meet Skrillex, the Divisive, Grammy-Nominated DJ Who’s Changing Dance Music|Marlow Stern|February 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
That kind of sheer fluctuation in itself introduces systemic risk.
One disadvantage of this system was the fluctuation of the value of the tobacco, based upon the law of supply and demand.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
Her religion was a deep, smooth, current without fluctuation.Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel|Frank G. Allen
Fluctuation in water level seemed especially important in determining distribution of fishes in the area studied.Fishes of Chautauqua, Cowley and Elk Counties, Kansas|Artie L. Metcalf
Every week new price lists were prepared so as to cover new fluctuation of cost to the retailer.
Who has developed the currents, those regular fluctuation of the abysses into which we never descend?The Sea|Jules Michelet