What does variable mean?

Definitions for variable
ˈvɛər i ə bəlvari·able

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word variable.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Variable

    vā′ri-a-bl, adj. that may be varied: changeable: liable to change: unsteady: (bot., zool.) of a species embracing many individuals and groups departing more or less from the strict type: (math.) quantitatively indeterminate: (astron.) changing in brightness.—n. (math.) a quantity subject to continual increase or decrease: a quantity which may have an infinite number of values in the same expression: a shifting wind.—ns. Variabil′ity (biol.), tendency to depart in any direction from the mean character of the species; Vā′riableness.—adv. Vā′riably.—v.t. Vā′riate, to vary.—v.i. to change.—adj. Vā′riated, varied, diversified: varriated.—n. Variā′tion, a varying: a change: change from one to another: successive change: the extent to which a thing varies: (gram.) change of termination: (mus.) a manner of singing or playing the same air with various changes in time, rhythm, or key: (astron.) deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body: (biol.) departure from the mean character of a species.—adjs. Variā′tional, pertaining to variation; Vā′riative, tending to variation.—Variable species, any species with marked rate of variability. [Fr.,—L. variabilis.]


  1. Variable

    The NODE wireless sensor platform for smart devices made its debut on kickstarter.com 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.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'variable' in Nouns Frequency: #1192

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variable' in Adjectives Frequency: #855

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of variable in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of variable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of variable in a Sentence

  1. Mark Freeman:

    The single most determinant variable is going to be earnings at this point.

  2. Phillip Gander:

    This is a big deal because tinnitus currently has no cure and no real effective treatment, probably in large part because it’s so variable in terms of, across different people that they experience it differently and across different people they react differently.

  3. Jim Salge:

    Much of New England had a really dry spring, and then we had variable rainfall this summer, some areas have gotten rainfall that’s well above normal, and we have some areas where rainfall has been below normal. Some places are still running a huge deficit for rainfall, while 10 miles away they are right on target or ahead. So it’s going to be a patchy year.

  4. David Haraway:

    A retiree who has debt and a retirement account with equity exposure may not have the staying power he or she thinks. The debt is a fixed amount ; the retirement account is variable.

  5. Adnan Abu al-Wafa:

    Only the medical crews know about these locations and these points are variable and changeable by time.

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Translations for variable

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  • متغيرArabic
  • dəyișkənAzerbaijani
  • variableCatalan, Valencian
  • proměnný, variabilní, proměnná, proměnlivý, faktorCzech
  • Variable, Parameter, variabel, Variablensymbol, Platzhalter, SymbolGerman
  • μεταβλητή, άστατος, ευμετάβλητος, μεταβλητός, ευμετάβολοςGreek
  • variaEsperanto
  • variableSpanish
  • muutujaEstonian
  • متغیرPersian
  • vaihteleva, muuttuja, muuttuvaFinnish
  • paramètre, variableFrench
  • variable, variábelGalician
  • משתנהHebrew
  • चर, परिवर्तनHindi
  • változóHungarian
  • variabelIndonesian
  • modificabile, flessiblie, regolabile, variabile, parametroItalian
  • מִשְׁתַנHebrew
  • 変数, 変わりやすい, 変わりうる, 可変, 変項Japanese
  • 변수, 變數Korean
  • taurangi, tāupeMāori
  • променлива, променливMacedonian
  • boleh ubahMalay
  • veranderlijke, veranderlijk, variabel, onbestendig, variabele, wisselend, schommelend, regelbaar, variabele waardeDutch
  • avvikende, variabel, varierendeNorwegian
  • zmienny, zmiennaPolish
  • variávelPortuguese
  • variabil, variabilă, parametru, schimbabilRomanian
  • переменный, непостоянный, изменчивый, переменная, неизвестное, неизвестнаяRussian
  • variabel, reglerbar, parameter, föränderlig, avvikande, flexibel, ostadig, ombytlig, ställbar, rörlig, växlande, omväxlande, varierandeSwedish
  • மாறிTamil
  • చర, చరరాశి, చరము, అస్థిర, మారే, మారగలTelugu
  • ตัวแปรThai
  • değişkenTurkish
  • ЗміннаUkrainian
  • biên sô, 變數Vietnamese
  • 變量Chinese

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