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fluctŭo , āvi, ātum, or (perh. not anteAug.) fluctŭor , ātus, 1 (pleraque utroque modo efferuntur:
I.fluctuatur, fluctuat,Quint. 9, 3, 7), v. n. fluctus, to move in the manner of waves, i. e. to wave, rise in waves, undulate, to move to and fro, be driven hither and thither (class.; esp. freq. in the trop. signif.; cf.: fluo, fluito).
I. Lit.
(α). Form fluctuo: “nunc valide fluctuat mare,Plaut. Rud. 2, 1, 14: “ita fluctuare video vehementer mare,id. ib. 4, 1, 12; “4, 2, 11: quadriremem in salo fluctuantem reliquerat,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 35, § 91: “quid tam commune quam mare fluctuantibus, litus ejectis?id. Rosc. Am. 26, 72: “agebatur huc illuc Galba vario turbae fluctuantis impulsu,Tac. H. 1, 40; cf. Gell. 10, 6, 2: “fluctuet aër,Lucr. 6, 367: directaeque acies ac late fluctuat omnis Aere renidenti tellus, waves (in the light) with gleaming brass, Verg. G. 2, 281: “fluctuant insulae,Plin. 2, 95, 96, § 209: “seges,Sen. Herc. Fur. 699.—In mal. part., Arn. 2, 73; Auct. Priap. 19, 4; cf. fluctus, I. —
II. Trop., to be restless, unquiet, uncertain, doubtful; to rage, swell; to waver, hesitate, vacillate, fluctuate.
(β). Form fluctuor: “utrius populi mallet victoriam esse, fluctuatus animo fuerat,Liv. 23, 33, 3: “fluctuatus animo est, utrum, etc.,id. 32, 13, 4; 36, 10, 4; Curt. 4, 12, 21; Val. Max. 8, 1, 2: vita fluctuatur per adversa et difficilia, Sen. Ep. 111: semper inter spem et metum fluctuari, Aug. ap. Suet. Claud. 4: “ambrosia (herba) vagi nominis est et circa alias herbas fluctuati,Plin. 27, 4, 11, § 28.
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