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English adjective: variable

1. variable liable to or capable of change

SamplesRainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable.
Variable winds.
Variable expenses.

Similarchangeable, covariant, multivariate, protean, shifting, uncertain, unsettled, variant, versatile

See alsoinconsistent, inconstant


2. variable marked by diversity or difference

SamplesThe varying angles of roof slope.
Nature is infinitely variable.



Antonymsunvaried, unvarying

3. variable (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied

SamplesA variable capacitor.
Variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights.



English noun: variable

1. variable (object) something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation

SamplesThe weather is one variable to be considered.

Broader (hypernym)thing

2. variable (cognition) a quantity that can assume any of a set of values

Synonymsvariable quantity

Broader (hypernym)quantity

Narrower (hyponym)argument, chance variable, correlate, correlative, degree of freedom, dependent variable, experimental variable, independent variable, infinitesimal, predictor variable, random variable, scalar, stochastic variable, tensor, variant, variate, vector

3. variable (object) a star that varies noticeably in brightness

Synonymsvariable star

Broader (hypernym)star

Instance hyponymNorth Star, polar star, Polaris, pole star, polestar

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

Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)placeholder, unknown, unknown quantity

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