fluc·​tu·​at·​ing ˈflək-chə-ˌwā-tiŋ How to pronounce fluctuating (audio)
: changing frequently and uncertainly
a period of fluctuating temperatures/prices
a fluctuating signal

Examples of fluctuating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irwin said that the characters’ runaway emotions are mirrored by the wildly fluctuating time signatures. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fluctuating was in 1612

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“Fluctuating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluctuating. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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