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Meaning of VARIABLE

Pronunciation:  'vehreeubul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
  2. [n]  a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
  3. [n]  something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation; "the weather is one variable to be considered"
  4. [n]  a star that varies noticeably in brightness
  5. [adj]  (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"
  6. [adj]  liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
  7. [adj]  marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable"

VARIABLE is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: adaptable, changeable, protean, shifting, uncertain, unsettled, variable quantity, variable star, varied, varying, versatile
 Antonyms: invariable
 See Also: argument, chance variable, correlate, correlative, degree of freedom, dependent variable, entity, inconsistent, inconstant, independent variable, North Star, physical thing, placeholder, polar star, Polaris, polestar, quantity, random variable, scalar, star, stochastic variable, symbol, tensor, unknown, unknown quantity, variant, variate, vector



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Va"ri*a*ble\, a. [L. variabilis: cf. F. variable.]
    1. Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of
       alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds
       or seasons; a variable quantity.
    2. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable;
       fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men
       are variable; passions are variable.
             Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. --Shak.
             His heart, I know, how variable and vain! --Milton.
    {Variable exhaust} (Steam Eng.), a blast pipe with an
       adjustable opening.
    {Variable quantity} (Math.), a variable.
    {Variable stars} (Astron.), fixed stars which vary in their
       brightness, usually in more or less uniform periods.
    Syn: Changeable; mutable; fickle; wavering; unsteady;
         versatile; inconstant.
  2. \Va"ri*a*ble\, n.
    1. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject
       to change.
    2. (Math.) 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 x^{2} - y^{2} = R^{2}, x and y are variables.
    3. (Naut.)
       (a) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
       (b) pl. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not
           expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind
    {Independent variable} (Math.), that one of two or more
       variables, connected with each other in any way whatever,
       to which changes are supposed to be given at will. Thus,
       in the equation x^{2} - y^{2} = R^{2}, if arbitrary
       changes are supposed to be given to x, then x is the
       independent variable, and y is called a function of x.
       There may be two or more independent variables in an
       equation or problem. Cf. {Dependent variable}, under
 Definition: any property that may be displayed in different forms.