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Adjective: variable  veh-ree-u-bul
  1. Liable to or capable of change
    "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
  2. Marked by diversity or difference
    "nature is infinitely variable";
    - varying
  3. (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"
Noun: variable  veh-ree-u-bul
  1. Something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation
    "the weather is one variable to be considered"
  2. A quantity that can assume any of a set of values
    - variable quantity
  3. A star that varies noticeably in brightness
    - variable star
  4. A symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity

Derived forms: variables

See also: adaptable, changeable, covariant, inconsistent, inconstant, multivariate, protean, shifting, uncertain, unsettled, variant, varied, versatile

Type of: quantity, star, symbol, thing

Antonym: invariable

Encyclopedia: Variable