Definitions

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  • adj. That undergoes rapid intramolecular rearrangements, component atoms being interchanged among equivalent structures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or having the nature of, fluxion or fluxions; variable; inconstant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Subject to flux or change; variable; inconstant.
  • In mathematics, pertaining to or solved by the method of fluxions.

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Examples

  • Berkeley's arguments are directed chiefly against the Newtonian fluxional calculus.

    Continuity and Infinitesimals

  • Those evils of Athens then, which were found in very deed somewhat later to be the infirmity of Greece as a whole, when, though its versatile gifts of intellect might constitute it the teacher of its eventual masters, it was found too incoherent politically to hold its own against Rome: -- those evils of Athens, of Greece, came from an exaggerated assertion of the fluxional, flamboyant, centrifugal Ionian element in the Hellenic character.

    Plato and Platonism

  • For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and horses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead.

    Essays: Second Series (1844)

  • There is something equivocal in all the words in use to express the excellence of manners and social cultivation, because the quantities are fluxional, and the last effect is assumed by the senses as the cause.

    Essays: Second Series (1844)

  • There is something equivocal in all the words in use to express the excellence of manners and social cultivation, because the qualities are fluxional, and the last effect is assumed by the senses as the cause.

    Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But how are we to explain the reaction of this fluxional body on the animal?

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • Hence it is manifest, that, in general, when the fluxional equation has an even number of equal roots, one of those roots gives (A) neither a maximum nor minimum; but when it has an odd number, that root gives (A) either a maximum or minimum.

    The principles of fluxions : designed for the use of students in the university

  • _depth_, and first, therefore, _realizes_ and integrates the fluxional power of magnetism and electricity, is involved in the _term_ composition; and this will become still more convincing when we have learnt to regard

    Hints towards the formation of a more comprehensive theory of life.

  • a temporary and essentially fluxional rendering in terms of knowledge of that which transcends all knowledge, and admits only of ideal approach.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

  • [1] "Besides the three great subjects of Newton's labours -- the fluxional calculus, physical astronomy, and optics -- a very large portion of his time, while resident in his college, was devoted to researches of which scarcely a trace remains.

    A Strange Story — Volume 08

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