fluctuate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: move along a scale

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[theme[abstract]] FLUCTUATE NP1[agent] FLUCTUATE NP2[patient[abstract]]
NOTE: scale may be numerical or not; any movement within a specified range should be included in this sense. 'Scale' may not be explicitly mentioned, but understood

The market fluctuates.
The color on the disc fluctuates back and forth from sharp to pale.
The tempo fluctuates back and forth enough to make you dizzy.
Of course, climate fluctuated in the past, yet species adapted and flourished.
The system, which was on all the time, fluctuated the output too widely.
Brennan then fluctuated the adult's food supply to prove the wagging signal was a call for a meal.

VerbNet: calibratable_cos-45.6-1
FrameNet: Change_position_on_a_scale
PropBank: fluctuate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: move back and forth

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[theme[concrete]] FLUCTUATE
NOTE: Rare usage, but note that it should imply moving in a wavelike manner, with no implicit scale.

I still can hear the clammer of the chain as it fluctuated in the wind.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2