Definitions for variableˈvɛər i ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

var•i•a•bleˈvɛər i ə bəl(adj.)

  1. apt to vary; changeable.

  2. capable of being varied.

  3. inconstant; fickle.

  4. having much variation or diversity.

  5. deviating from the usual type, as a species.

  6. (of a star) changing in brightness.

    Category: Astronomy

  7. (of wind) tending to change in direction.

    Category: Meteorology

  8. having the characteristics of a variable.

    Category: Math

  9. (n.)something that may vary.

  10. a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values. a symbol that represents this.

    Category: Math, Computers

  11. a symbol in logic for an unspecified member of a class of things or statements.

    Category: Philosphy

  12. a shifting wind.

    Category: Meteorology

Origin of variable:

1350–1400; < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. variable(noun)

    something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation

    "the weather is one variable to be considered"

  2. variable, variable quantity(noun)

    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

  3. variable star, variable(noun)

    a star that varies noticeably in brightness

  4. variable(adj)

    a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity

  5. variable(adj)

    liable to or capable of change

    "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"

  6. varying, variable(adj)

    marked by diversity or difference

    "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable"

  7. variable(adj)

    (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied

    "a variable capacitor"; "variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. variable(adjective)ˈvɛər i ə bəl

    changing or likely to change

    a variable interest rate; light, variable winds; Their fruit is of variable quality.

  2. variableˈvɛər i ə bəl

    able to be changed

    a variable speed generator

  3. variable(noun)ˈvɛər i ə bəl

    sth in a situation that can change

    There are many variables that could affect the stock market.


  1. variable(Noun)

    something that is variable

  2. variable(Noun)

    something whose value may be dictated or discovered

    There are several variables to consider here.

  3. variable(Noun)

    a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values

  4. variable(Noun)

    a symbol representing a variable

  5. variable(Noun)

    a named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them

  6. variable(Noun)

    a variable star

  7. variable(Adjective)

    able to vary

  8. variable(Adjective)

    likely to vary

  9. variable(Adjective)

    marked by diversity or difference

  10. variable(Adjective)

    having no fixed quantitative value

  11. variable(Adjective)

    tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variable(adj)

    having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity

  2. Variable(adj)

    liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable

  3. Variable(noun)

    that which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change

  4. Variable(noun)

    a quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression; a variable quantity; as, in the equation x2 - y2 = R2, x and y are variables

  5. Variable(noun)

    a shifting wind, or one that varies in force

  6. Variable(noun)

    those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts


  1. Variable

    The NODE wireless sensor platform for smart devices made its debut on on March 23, 2012 when it raised $76,340 ($26,340 over it's initial goal of $50,000) from over 373 backers.Since then, the team at Variable, Inc. has been hard at work listening to its customers, researching new market opportunities, improving the quality and competitiveness of its sensor modules in development and identifying strategic partnerships that can help them make NODE wireless sensors a leader for both personal and professional use in the global marketplace.

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that may be varied

The machine works at a variable speed.

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