What does variable mean?

Definitions for variable
ˈvɛər i ə bəlvari·able

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word variable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. variablenoun

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

    "the weather is one variable to be considered"

  2. variable, variable quantitynoun

    a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

  3. variable star, variablenoun

    a star that varies noticeably in brightness

  4. variableadjective

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

  5. variableadjective

    liable to or capable of change

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

  6. varying, variableadjective

    marked by diversity or difference

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

  7. variableadjective

    (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. variablenoun

    something that is variable

  2. variablenoun

    something whose value may be dictated or discovered

    There are several variables to consider here.

  3. variablenoun

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

  4. variablenoun

    a symbol representing a variable

  5. variablenoun

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

  6. variablenoun

    a variable star

  7. variableadjective

    able to vary

  8. variableadjective

    likely to vary

  9. variableadjective

    marked by diversity or difference

  10. variableadjective

    having no fixed quantitative value

  11. variableadjective

    tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type


  1. variable

    A variable is a symbol or a place holder, typically in the form of letters, used to represent an unspecified or unknown value in mathematical or scientific calculations. It can also represent a characteristic, number, or quantity that can change or vary, depending on certain conditions in mathematics, science, computer programming, and research.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variableadjective

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

  2. Variableadjective

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

  3. Variablenoun

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

  4. Variablenoun

    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. Variablenoun

    a shifting wind, or one that varies in force

  6. Variablenoun

    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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    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. Gary Schnitkey:

    There still is a fixed cost out there no matter what you do, so the incentive is to go out there and get the variable cost covered and eat into the fixed cost.

  2. Mick Bailey:

    Infection of dogs with SARS-CoV-2 has been reported, both asymptomatic and associated with variable levels of disease as in humans, so using dogs deliberately to sniff breath and clothes from potentially infected people seems a bit of a risk to the dogs, let alone their handlers.

  3. James Betts:

    More variable glucose levels can indicate a poorer diet or a more unsteady metabolism, and chronic inflammation from the body's excess exposure to glucose can lead to issues like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

  4. Tom Blair:

    Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence.

  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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  • 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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