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variable

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adjective var·i·able \ˈver-ē-ə-bəl\

Definition of variable

  1. 1a :  able or apt to vary :  subject to variation or changes variable winds variable costsb :  fickle, inconstant

  2. 2 :  characterized by variations

  3. 3 :  having the characteristics of a variable

  4. 4 :  not true to type :  aberrant —used of a biological group or character

variability

play \ˌver-ē-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

variableness

play \ˈver-ē-ə-bəl-nəs\ noun

variably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of variable in a Sentence

  1. The winds were light and variable.

  2. The loan has a variable interest rate.

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Origin and Etymology of variable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin variābilis “changeable,” from Latin variāre “to make changeable, vary” + -ābilis -able


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variable

noun var·i·able

Definition of variable

  1. 1a :  a quantity that may assume any one of a set of valuesb :  a symbol representing a variable

  2. 2a :  something that is variableb :  a factor in a scientific experiment that may be subject to change

  3. 3 :  variable star

Examples of variable in a Sentence

  1. unemployment and other economic variables

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First Known Use of variable

1816


VARIABLE Defined for English Language Learners

variable

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adjective

Definition of variable for English Language Learners

  • : able or likely to change or be changed : not always the same

variable

noun

Definition of variable for English Language Learners

  • : something that changes or that can be changed : something that varies

  • mathematics : a quantity that can have any one of a set of values or a symbol that represents such a quantity


VARIABLE Defined for Kids

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variable

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adjective var·i·able \ˈver-ē-ə-bəl\

Definition of variable for Students

  1. 1 :  able to change :  likely to be changed :  changeable a variable climate

  2. 2 :  having differences

  3. 3 :  different from what is normal or usual

variably

\-blē\ adverb

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variable

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noun var·i·able

Definition of variable for Students

  1. 1 :  something that changes or can be changed

  2. 2 :  a symbol (as x or *) used in mathematics in the place of a numeral :  placeholder


Medical Dictionary

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variable

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adjective vari·able \ˈver-ē-ə-bəl, ˈvar-\

Medical Definition of variable

  1. 1:  able or apt to vary :  subject to variation or changes allergy is perhaps the most variable of all diseases—H. G. Rapaport & Shirley Linde

  2. 2:  characterized by variations

  3. 3:  not true to type :  aberrant—used of a biological group or character

variability

\ˌver-ē-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē, ˌvar-\play noun plural

variabilities


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variable

noun var·i·able

Medical Definition of variable

  1. :  something that is variable



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