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Meaning & Definition of Variable in English

English

Variable

/vɛriəbəl/

noun

1. Something that is likely to vary

  • Something that is subject to variation
  • "The weather is one variable to be considered"
    synonym:
  • variable

2. A quantity that can assume any of a set of values

    synonym:
  • variable
  • ,
  • variable quantity

3. A star that varies noticeably in brightness

    synonym:
  • variable star
  • ,
  • variable

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

    synonym:
  • variable

adjective

1. Liable to or capable of change

  • "Rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"
  • "Variable winds"
  • "Variable expenses"
    synonym:
  • variable

2. Marked by diversity or difference

  • "The varying angles of roof slope"
  • "Nature is infinitely variable"
    synonym:
  • varying
  • ,
  • variable

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"
    synonym:
  • variable