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Definitions of variable

  1. a quantity that can assume any of a set of values Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation; "the weather is one variable to be considered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a star that varies noticeably in brightness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. A shifting wind, or one that varies in force. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. (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.
  9. VARIABLENESS, VARIABILITY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. An inconstant quantity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. That which varies or is liable to change. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Variability. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. That which is variable, specially a quantity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. In math., a variable quantity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Variably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. (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
  18. liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Changeable; as, a variable wind; inconstant; fickle; as, variable love. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. That may be varied: changeable: liable to change: unsteady. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Changeable; unsteady. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Varying; changeable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.

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Usage examples for variable

  1. After getting clear of the straits, I directed my course S. E. by E., having a gentle gale, but variable between the north and west. – A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 by James Cook
  2. The state of my heart is strange, and my health is as variable as usual in the world, which it is long since I have seen so beautiful. – The Youth of Goethe by Peter Hume Brown
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