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fluctuation

Noun

1 a wave motion; "the fluctuations of the sea"
2 an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change [syn: variation]
3 the quality of being unsteady and subject to fluctuations; "he kept a record of price fluctuations" [syn: wavering]

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English

Etymology

From fluctuationem < fluctuare < fluctus.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A motion like that of waves; a moving in this and that direction.
    the fluctuations of the sea
  2. A wavering; unsteadiness.
    fluctuations of opinion
    fluctuations of prices
  3. The motion or undulation of a fluid collected in a natural or artificial cavity, which is felt when it is subjected to pressure or percussion.

Translations

wavelike motion
wavering; unsteadiness

French

Etymology

From fluctuationem < fluctuare < fluctus.

Noun

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternation, arrhythmia, asking price, bearish prices, bid price, book value, brokenness, bullish prices, call price, capriciousness, choppiness, closing price, decline, desultoriness, disconnectedness, discontinuity, eccentricity, equivocation, erraticness, face value, fibrillation, fitfulness, fits and starts, fixed price, flash price, flurry, flutter, frequency, frequency band, frequency spectrum, harmonic motion, high, inconstancy, intermittence, irregularity, issue par, issue price, jerkiness, libration, low, market price, market value, nominal value, nonuniformity, nutation, offering price, opening price, oscillation, par, par value, parity, patchiness, pendulation, periodicity, price, put price, quotation, quoted price, rally, resonance, resonance frequency, roughness, seesawing, settling price, shifting, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, shuffling, spasticity, sporadicity, sporadicness, spottiness, stagger, stated value, swings, teeter-tottering, teetering, tottering, uncertainty, unevenness, unmethodicalness, unpredictability, unsteadiness, unsystematicness, vacillation, variability, variation, vibrancy, vibratility, vibration, vicissitude, wavering, whimsicality, wobble, wobbling
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