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fluc·tu·ate

(flŭk'tyū-āt),
1. To move in waves.
2. To vary, to change from time to time, as in referring to any quantity or quality, for example, height of blood pressure, concentration of substance in urine or blood, secretory activity, etc.
[L. fluctuo, pp. -atus, to flow in waves]

fluc·tu·ate

(flŭk'shū-āt)
1. To move in waves.
2. To vary, to change from time to time, as in referring to any quantity or quality (blood pressure, concentration of substance in urine or blood, secretory activity).
[L. fluctuo, pp. -atus, to flow in waves]

fluc·tu·ate

(flŭk'shū-āt)
1. To move in waves.
2. To vary, to change from time to time.
[L. fluctuo, pp. -atus, to flow in waves]
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The amount and type of congestion induced by an erratic driver depend on how much the leading car's velocity fluctuates, even when its average speed matches that of the rest of the traffic, Nagatani reports.
The researchers discovered that the electrical current generated by the peeling tape fluctuates erratically.
However, because the voltage fluctuates erratically, the plotted points trace out a complicated shape (dotted lines).