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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French variable, from Latin variare (to change), from varius (different, various).

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variable (comparative more variable, superlative most variable)

  1. Able to vary.
    variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity
  2. Likely to vary.
    • Shakespeare
      Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
  3. Marked by diversity or difference.
  4. (mathematics) Having no fixed quantitative value.
  5. (biology) Tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type.

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variable (plural variables)

  1. Something that is variable.
  2. Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.
    • 2013 May-June, Katie L. Burke, “In the News”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 193:
      Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.
    There are several variables to consider here.
  3. (mathematics) A quantity that may assume any one of a set of values.
  4. (mathematics) A symbol representing a variable.
  5. (programming) A named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them.
  6. (astronomy) A variable star.
  7. (nautical) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
  8. (nautical, in the plural) Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.

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  • (something that is variable): changeable
  • (something whose value may be dictated or discovered): parameter
  • (mathematics: a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values): variable quantity

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  • See also Thesaurus:variable
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    AsturianEdit

    EtymologyEdit

    From Latin variābilis.

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    variable (epicene, plural variables)

    1. variable (able to vary)
    2. variable (likely to vary)

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    variable f (plural variables)

    1. (mathematics) variable (a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values)

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    CatalanEdit

    EtymologyEdit

    From Latin variābilis.

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    variable (masculine and feminine plural variables)

    1. variable (able to vary)
      Antonym: invariable
    2. variable (likely to vary)
      Antonym: invariable
    3. (mathematics) variable (having no fixed quantitative value)

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    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable (something that is variable)
    2. (mathematics) variable (a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values)

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    DanishEdit

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    variable

    1. plural and definite singular attributive of variabel

    NounEdit

    variable

    1. indefinite plural of variabel

    FrenchEdit

    EtymologyEdit

    From Latin variabilis.

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    variable (plural variables)

    1. variable

    NounEdit

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

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    GalicianEdit

    Alternative formsEdit

    EtymologyEdit

    From Latin variābilis.

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    variable m or f (plural variables)

    1. variable, changeable

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    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

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    Norwegian BokmålEdit

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    variable

    1. definite singular of variabel
    2. plural of variabel

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    variable

    1. definite singular of variabel
    2. plural of variabel

    SpanishEdit

    AdjectiveEdit

    variable (plural variables)

    1. variable

    NounEdit

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

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    variable

    1. absolute definite natural masculine form of variabel.