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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


Antonymsinvariable

2. variable marked by diversity or difference


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


Synonymsvarying


Similarvaried


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.


Similaradaptable


Antonymsunadaptable


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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