fluct-, flucti-, -flux, flu-, flum-, -fluent, -fluence
(Latin: flow, flowing; moving in a continuous and smooth way; wave, moving back and forth)
2. The act of flowing and the matter that flows.
2. A meter that measures magnetic flux by the current it generates in a coil.
2. The power or authority that comes from wealth, social status, or position: The supervisor of Jim's company has a significant influence on his employees.
3. In astrology, an emanation that is believed to come from the stars and planets that affects human characteristics, personality, and actions: It is said that an ethereal fluid or supernatural influence issuing from the celestial bodies can affect a human's future, traits, etc.
4. Etymology: from about 1374, an astrological term meaning, "streaming ethereal power from the stars acting upon character or destiny of men"; from Old French influence, "emanation from the stars that acts upon one's character and destiny"; also "a flow of water", from Middle Latin influentia, "a flowing in" (also used in the astrological sense); which came from Latin influentem, influens, present participle of influere, "to flow into"; fromin-, "in" + fluere, "to flow".
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2. Producing effects indirectly by means of power based on wealth, high position, etc.; persuading, inspiring, or arousing: "His wealth was the major influencing reason for her to marry him and love had nothing to do with it."
2. In ecology, a non-dominant organism in a community that exerts an important modifying effect or a plant or animal that has an important effect on the biotic balance in a community.
2. A stream that has developed bank storage and that loses water to the zone of saturation.
2. Someone who is of considerable importance or influence.
3. Exerting influence or power by some invisible operation; such as, physical causes on bodies, or as moral causes on the mind.
It is particularly used to express the operation of moral causes.