(Flow"ing) a. & n. from Flow, v. i. & t.
(Flow"ing*ly), adv. In a flowing manner.
(Flow"ing*ness), n. Flowing tendency or quality; fluency. [R.] W. Nichols.
(Flowk) n. (Zoöl.) See 1st Fluke.
(Flown) p. p. of Fly; often used with the auxiliary verb to be; as, the birds are flown.
(Flown), a. Flushed, inflated. [Supposed by some to be a mistake for blown or swoln.] Pope.
Then wander forth the sonsMilton.
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
(Floxed" silk`) See Floss silk, under Floss.
(Floyte) n. & v. A variant of Flute. [Obs.]
(Flu"ate) n. [Cf. F. fluate. See Fluor.] (Chem.) A fluoride. [Obs.]
(Flu"a*vil) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Chem.) A hydrocarbon extracted from gutta-percha, as a
yellow, resinous substance; called also fluanil.
(Flu"can) n. (Mining) Soft clayey matter in the vein, or surrounding it. [Written also flookan,
flukan, and fluccan.]
(Fluc*tif"er*ous) a. [L. fluctus wave + -ferous.] Tending to produce waves. Blount.
(Fluc*tis"o*nous) a. [L. fluctisonus; fluctus wave + sonus sound.] Sounding like waves.
(Fluc`tu*a*bil"i*ty) n. The capacity or ability to fluctuate. [R.] H. Walpole.
(Fluc"tu*ant) a. [L. fluctuans, p. pr. of fluctuare. See Fluctuate.]
1. Moving like a wave; wavering; (Med.) showing undulation or fluctuation; as, a fluctuant tumor.
2. Floating on the waves. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Fluc"tu*ate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fluctuated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fluctuating ] [L. fluctuatus, p.
p. of fluctuare, to wave, fr. fluctus wave, fr. fluere, fluctum, to flow. See Fluent, and cf. Flotilla.]
1. To move as a wave; to roll hither and thither; to wave; to float backward and forward, as on waves; as, a
fluctuating field of air. Blackmore.
2. To move now in one direction and now in another; to be wavering or unsteady; to be irresolute or undetermined; to
Syn. To waver; vacillate; hesitate; scruple. To Fluctuate, Vacillate, Waver. Fluctuate is applied
both to things and persons and denotes that they move as they are acted upon. The stocks fluctuate; a
man fluctuates between conflicting influences. Vacillate and waver are applied to persons to represent
them as acting themselves. A man vacillates when he goes backward and forward in his opinions and
purposes, without any fixity of mind or principles. A man wavers when he shrinks back or hesitates