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  1. marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a quantity that can assume any of a set of values Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation; "the weather is one variable to be considered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a star that varies noticeably in brightness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A shifting wind, or one that varies in force. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Changeable; as, a variable wind; inconstant; fickle; as, variable love. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. That which is subject to change; in mathematics, a quantity that may be given many values. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Variably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Variableness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. That may be varied: changeable: liable to change: unsteady. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. (math.) A quantity subject to continual increase or decrease: a quantity which may have an infinite number of values in the same expression. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. VARIABLENESS, VARIABILITY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. An inconstant quantity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Changeable; unsteady. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Varying; changeable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. That which varies or is liable to change. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Variability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. That may vary or alter; changeable; susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; subject to continual increase or decrease. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. That which is variable, specially a quantity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. That may or can be varied or changed; fickle; changeable; inconstant; in math., subject to continual increase or diminution. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. In math., a variable quantity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. A number, feature or quantity that can increase or decrease with time. thelawdictionary.org
  31. v[=a]'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; V[=A]'RIABLENESS.--adv. V[=A]'RIABLY.--v.t. V[=A]'RIATE, to vary.--v.i. to change.--adj. V[=A]'RIATED, varied, diversified: varriated.--n. VARI[=A]'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. VARI[=A]'TIONAL, pertaining to variation; V[=A]'RIATIVE, tending to variation.--VARIABLE SPECIES, any species with marked rate of variability. [Fr.,--L. variabilis.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. That can be varied or adapted, as rod of v. length, the pressure is v., a word of v. construction, v. gear (designed to give varying speeds, e.g. slow advance& quick return); apt to vary, not constant, fickle, unsteady, as v. wind, mood, temper, fortune; (Math., of quantity) indeterminate, able to assume different numerical values; (Bot., Zool., of species) including individuals or groups that depart from the type; (Biol., of organism) tending to change in structure or function. Hence variability, variableness, nn., variably adv. (N.) v. thing esp. quantity; (Naut.) shifting wind, (pl.) region between NE& SE trade-winds. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. When one magnitude is a function of a second, both are Variables ; but the former is the Dependent, the latter the Independent, variable. Thus if z = ax³ + bx, x and z are both variables ; but as the variations in z are supposed to be produced by arbitrary variations in x, the former is the dependent, the latter the independent, variable. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  34. n. A quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression;—a shifting trade wind. Cabinet Dictionary

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