|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|
|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|
"the varying angles of roof slope" "nature is infinitely variable"
|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"
|6.||[ noun ] (astronomy) a star that varies noticeably in brightness|
|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|