variable

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈveə(ɹ).i.ə.bl̩/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈveɹ.i.ə.bl̩/, /ˈvæɹ.i.ə.bl̩/
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EtymologyEdit

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

AdjectiveEdit

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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NounEdit

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”, 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.

SynonymsEdit

  • (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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AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin variābilis.

AdjectiveEdit

variable (epicene, plural variables)

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

NounEdit

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.

AdjectiveEdit

variable m, f (masculine and feminine plural variables)

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

NounEdit

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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin variabilis.

AdjectiveEdit

variable m (feminine variable, masculine plural variables, feminine plural variablees)

  1. variable

NounEdit

variable f (plural variables)

  1. variable

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GalicianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin variābilis.

AdjectiveEdit

variable m, f (plural variables)

  1. variable, changeable

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variable f (plural variables)

  1. variable

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SpanishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

variable m, f (plural variables)

  1. variable

NounEdit

variable f (plural variables)

  1. variable

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

variable

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of variabel.
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