• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fluctuating having unpredictable ups and downs "fluctuating prices"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fluctuating Wavering; moving as a wave; rising and falling; moving to and fro; changeable.
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  • Margaret J. Wheatley
    Margaret J. Wheatley
    “The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity.”


In literature:

Russell were seen to be fluctuating between the Liberal and the Tory lobby.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
For, as a rule, down to the World War, prices both wholesale and retail, fluctuated in America more violently than in England or the Continent.
"A History of Trade Unionism in the United States" by Selig Perlman
I say nothing of the effect of the fluctuations of English parties on Irish administration.
"Handbook of Home Rule (1887)" by W. E. Gladstone et al.
All sciences have to act in this way; therefore almost all scientific theories are fluctuating.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
He must now sell his produce on a market with wider and wider fluctuations.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
And there is a like fluctuation of mood.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
Such investments are secure and permanent, and not liable to the fluctuations that personal property is subject to.
"The Bay State Monthly, Vol. II, No. 6, March, 1885" by Various
But her earnings in this place had been so fluctuating that she was uncertain what her total income had been before the last thirteen weeks.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
A periodical fluctuation between the normal and the inverted sexual object has also been observed.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud
Thus human nature survives amid a continual fluctuation of its embodiments.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The testimony of the Spirit should be clear testimony, and not fluctuating; it should be in words, and not in feelings.
"The Spirit and the Word" by Zachary Taylor Sweeney
Full of fluctuation and unearthly colour, it yet has its dark patches as well as its light.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Fluctuations in production take place of course, but not such as to result in want, to any noticeable extent.
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple
I mentioned the fact that I found the illusion for passive touch to be subject to large fluctuations.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
My law should not depend upon the fluctuation of the closet or the complexion of men.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It is sound and stable, while silver fluctuates.
"If Not Silver, What?" by John W. Bookwalter
But the public mind was not yet schooled to patience and to the fluctuating chances of war.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
How then stands the argument from the fluctuations of the exchanges?
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
The number boiled fluctuates considerably, owing to the condition of the markets.
"The Lobster Fishery of Maine." by John N. Cobb
The game fluctuated, but the average was in Wildeve's favour.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy

In poetry:

Sometimes her mind is fluctuation,
Sometimes her soul is detestation,
Sometimes her heart is admiration—
She usurps.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
At anchor slept a heavy rounded keel
Whose moveless rudder made the senses wheel
To music dropping from the Antwerp bells
In fluctuating swells.
"Silence And Solitude" by Annie Adams Fields
Autumn! I love thy tinted looks,
Thy fading leaves, and rippling brooks,
And variegated flowers;
Thy cooling winds and wither'd grass,
Precursor of the stormy blast,
And fluctuating showers.
"Autumn" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

Oil prices fluctuated widely in mid-September as analysts and traders tried daily to interpret market indicators from a flood of economic data.
Red Metal Rose and Fell in 2011 as Demand Outlook Fluctuated.
And some fluctuation at auction notwithstanding, prices have not come down now that the wines are bottled.
Quantum fluctuations in science, space and society, from quarks to Hubble and Mars.
Fresh strawberries from Rodriguez Brothers Farms of Oxnard are still sweet despite the wildly fluctuating temperatures, according to Angelina Rodriguez, who was selling them at the Ventura farmers market.
According to leaders of local food shelves, most of their donations come in around the holidays and every bit is needed as federal food assistance budgets either fluctuate or remain unknown.
Derrick Williams says he is trying to stay patient through fluctuating playing time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The fortunes of the Dogwood Arts Festival, launched in 1961, have fluctuated wildly over the years.
Estate-tax rates have fluctuated through the years.
The singer's fluctuating figure has long been fodder for tabloid headlines.
The number of fish entering the river fluctuates daily, making some fishing days better than others.
But when providers began to compete, prices dropped by 16% and also became choppier, reflecting fluctuations in wholesale fish prices (see right-hand chart).
Price fluctuations like these can be a buyer's best friend, if the timing is right.
Thomas Tunstall, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who has studied the economic impact of the shale play, said the Eagle Ford and other fields are subject to oil price fluctuations.
This edited treatise brings together the latest research on how populations fluctuate in size, the factors that drive these changes, and the theories explaining how populations are regulated.

In science:

Speicher: Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: II.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
Fluctuation of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK model.
A representation of Gibbs measure for the random energy model
Fluctuations in Derrida’s random energy and generalized random energy models. J.
A representation of Gibbs measure for the random energy model
Porter, Statistical Properties of Spectra: Fluctuations, Academic Press, New York, 1965.
Non-extensive Random Matrix Theory - A Bridge Connecting Chaotic and Regular Dynamics
Chung, C.C., Landim, C., Olla, S. : Equilibrium Fluctuations of Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Processes in Dimension d ≥ 3.
On the Symmetry of the Diffusion Coefficient in Asymmetric Simple Exclusion
Landim, C., Olla, S., Varadhan, S.R.S. : On Viscosity and Fluctuation-Dissipation in Exclusion Processes., J.
On the Symmetry of the Diffusion Coefficient in Asymmetric Simple Exclusion
Fluctuations of a surface submitted to a random average process.
An almost sure invariance principle for random walks in a space-time random environment
Fluctuations in mχ and the coupling g give rise to density fluctuations from Eq. (1).
Light Scalars and the Generation of Density Perturbations During Preheating or Inflaton Decay
Porter, Statistical Theories of Spectra: Fluctuations (Academic, New York, 1965).
Random Matrix Theory and Analysis of Nucleus-Nucleus Collision at High Energies
Fluctuations of Quantum Statistical Two-Dimensional Systems of Electrons.
Fluctuations of Quantum Statistical Two-Dimensional Systems of Electrons
Fluctuations of the one-dimensional polynuclear growth model with external sources.
Correlation functions for random involutions
Cabanal-Duvil lard, Fluctuations de la Loi Empirique de Grandes Matrices Al´eatoires, Ann. I. H.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
Speicher Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: II.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models, Ann.
A tomography of the GREM: beyond the REM conjecture
Comtet, Airy Distribution Function: From the Area Under a Brownian Excursion to the Maximal Height of Fluctuating Interfaces, J.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs