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variable1 of 2
: able or apt to vary : subject to variation or changes
: fickle, inconstant
: having the characteristics of a variable
: a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values
: a symbol representing a variable
: something that is variable
: a factor in a scientific experiment that may be subject to change
Adjective The winds were light and variable. The loan has a variable interest rate. Noun unemployment and other economic variables
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AdjectiveThat said, the car's continuously variable automatic transmission has a tendency to drone the engine. —Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2023 Milton Friedman famously found that the time lags are long and variable. —Bill Conerly, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Like the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, these premium models share support for variable refresh rates of up to 120Hz. —Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 14 Mar. 2023 Monetary policy operates with long and variable lags. —Jason Furman, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 The front is dominated by a 2,800-by-1,752-pixel display with a 120Hz variable refresh rate, while the insides are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, 128GB storage, and 6GB RAM. —PCMAG, 28 Feb. 2023 Some of the data taken included information on salaries and variable compensation between 2013 and 2015, as well as bank account information used for salary payments, the person said, asking not to be named discussing the confidential matter. —Sally Bakewell, Bloomberg.com, 14 Feb. 2023 Avocado production is highly variable in the region. —The Arizona Republic, 11 Feb. 2023 Power starts with a hybrid setup comprised of a 2.5-liter engine mated to an electrical motor and CVT (continuously variable transmission). —Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2023
NounThe final variable, I, represents mutual information. —Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 9 Mar. 2023 What Tua may not know is that the concussion protocol is imperfect and is not the only variable to consider when deciding whether to return this season. —Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Dec. 2022 Heat isn’t the only variable here either: A change in acidity from, say, adding a big squeeze of lemon juice to your simmering broth, might also promote coagulation. —Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 20 Nov. 2022 The offense was the variable in the equation, the defense the constant. —Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 Another variable: connecting flights and the weather at intermediate airports. —Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 Even Sinema was bracing for another variable, which is arcane to the wider public yet all-consuming in the halls of the Senate: a nonbinding custom called the Byrd rule, administered by an unelected official known as the parliamentarian. —Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 The one slight variable in the ICE Theaters set-up, the make and mark of each recliner seat might differ from territory to territory, but ICE does maintain firm standards. —Ben Croll, Variety, 22 June 2022 But the key variable — the wholesale price of diesel — is not looking good. —Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 1 June 2022 See More
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