1. [ adjective ] liable to or capable of change

"rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable" "variable winds" "variable expenses"

Related terms: invariable shifting protean changeable versatile multivariate inconsistent inconstant
2. [ noun ] something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation

"the weather is one variable to be considered"

Related terms: entity thing
3. [ noun ] (mathematics) a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
Synonyms: variable_quantity
Related terms: quantity vector random_variable degree_of_freedom correlate experimental_variable dependent_variable tensor scalar predictor_variable argument
4. [ adjective ] marked by diversity or difference
Synonyms: varying

"the varying angles of roof slope" "nature is infinitely variable"

Related terms: varied
5. [ adjective ] (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"

Related terms: adaptable
6. [ noun ] (astronomy) a star that varies noticeably in brightness
Synonyms: variable_star
Related terms: star Polaris
7. [ noun ] (mathematics) a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
Related terms: symbol placeholder unknown
Similar spelling:   variably