fluctuant
adjective Date: 1560 1. moving in waves 2. variable, unstable 3. being movable and compressible <
a fluctuant abscess
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  • fluctuant — fluctuant, ante [ flyktɥɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIVe; lat. fluctuans, de fluctuare 1 ♦ Qui varie, va d un objet à un autre et revient au premier. ⇒ changeant, hésitant, indécis. Être fluctuant dans ses opinions, dans ses goûts. ⇒ inconstant, instable.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fluctuant — FLUCTUÁNT, Ă, fluctuanţi, te, adj. Care are fluctuaţii; schimbător, nestatornic, nesigur; nehotărât, ezitant. [pr.: tu ant] – Din fr. fluctuant, lat. fluctuans, ntis. Trimis de LauraGellner, 14.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  Fluctuant ≠ constant, decis …   Dicționar Român

  • fluctuant — fluctuant, ante (flu ktu an, an t ) adj. 1°   Qui ondoie comme un flot. •   J ai vu fréquemment, en Russie, des aurores boréales : elles sont blanches, bleues, vertes, rouges, rayonnantes et fluctuantes, BERN. DE ST PIERRE Harm. aquat. air, liv.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Fluctuant — Fluc tu*ant (?; 135), a. [L. fluctuans, p. pr. of fluctuare. See {Fluctuate}.] 1. Moving like a wave; wavering; (Med.) showing undulation or fluctuation; as, a fluctuant tumor. [1913 Webster] 2. Floating on the waves. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fluctuant — index indeterminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fluctuant — (adj.) 1550s, from L. fluctuantem (nom. fluctuans), prp. of fluctuare to move in waves (see FLUCTUATION (Cf. fluctuation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fluctuant — ˈfləkchəwənt, ksh adjective Etymology: Latin fluctuant , fluctuans, present participle of fluctuare : moving like a wave: a. : wavering or fluctuating the fluctuant drift of mist Arthur Foff b. : varying and unstable : not fixed a f …   Useful english dictionary

  • fluctuant — /fluk chooh euhnt/, adj. 1. fluctuating; varying; unstable. 2. undulating; moving or seeming to move in waves. [1550 60; < L fluctuant (s. of fluctuans) (prp. of fluctuare to undulate). See FLUCTUATE, ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • fluctuant — fluc·tu·ant flək chə wənt adj movable and compressible used of abnormal body structures (as some abscesses or tumors) <the fluctuant mass in his abdomen (Oliver Sacks)> * * * fluc·tu·ant (flukґchoo ənt) 1. showing varying levels. 2.… …   Medical dictionary

  • fluctuant — adjective That fluctuates, or causes fluctuation …   Wiktionary

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