|1.||liable to or capable of change: variable weather|
|2.||(of behaviour, opinions, emotions, etc) lacking constancy; fickle|
|3.||maths having a range of possible values|
|4.||(of a species, characteristic, etc) liable to deviate from the established type|
|5.||(of a wind) varying its direction and intensity|
|6.||(of an electrical component or device) designed so that a characteristic property, such as resistance, can be varied: variable capacitor|
|7.||something that is subject to variation|
|a. an expression that can be assigned any of a set of values|
|b. dependent variable See also independent variable a symbol, esp x, y, or z, representing an unspecified member of a class of objects, numbers, etc|
|9.||logic a symbol, esp x, y, z, representing any member of a class of entities|
|10.||computing a named unit of storage that can be changed to any of a set of specified values during execution of a program|
|11.||astronomy See variable star|
|12.||a variable wind|
|13.||(plural) a region where variable winds occur|
|[C14: from Latin variābilis changeable, from variāre to diversify]|
variable var·i·a·ble (vâr'ē-ə-bəl, vār'-)
Likely to change or vary; subject to variation; changeable.
Tending to deviate, as from a normal or recognized type; aberrant.
Having no fixed quantitative value.
Something that varies or that is prone to variation.
A quantity that is capable of assuming any of a set of values.
|variable (vâr'ē-ə-bəl) Pronunciation Key