[ vair-ee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈvɛər i ə bəl /
apt or liable to vary or change; changeable: variable weather; variable moods.
capable of being varied or changed; alterable: a variable time limit for completion of a book.
inconstant; fickle: a variable lover.
having much variation or diversity.
Biology. deviating from the usual type, as a species or a specific character.
Astronomy. (of a star) changing in brightness.
Meteorology. (of wind) tending to change in direction.
Mathematics. having the nature or characteristics of a variable.
something that may or does vary or change; a variable feature or factor.
- a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
- a symbol that represents this.
Words nearby variable
Origin of variable
ANTONYMS FOR variable
1, 3 constant.
OTHER WORDS FROM variable
var·i·a·bil·i·ty, var·i·a·ble·ness, nounvar·i·a·bly, adverbhy·per·var·i·a·bil·i·ty, nounhy·per·var·i·a·ble, adjective
hy·per·var·i·a·bly, adverbnon·var·i·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·var·i·a·ble, adjectivenon·var·i·a·ble·ness, nounnon·var·i·a·bly, adverbun·var·i·a·ble, adjectiveun·var·i·a·ble·ness, nounun·var·i·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-variable
/ (ˈvɛərɪəbəl) /
liable to or capable of changevariable weather
(of behaviour, opinions, emotions, etc) lacking constancy; fickle
maths having a range of possible values
(of a species, characteristic, etc) liable to deviate from the established type
(of a wind) varying its direction and intensity
(of an electrical component or device) designed so that a characteristic property, such as resistance, can be variedvariable capacitor
something that is subject to variation
logic a symbol, esp x, y, z, representing any member of a class of entities
computing a named unit of storage that can be changed to any of a set of specified values during execution of a program
astronomy See variable star
a variable wind
(plural) a region where variable winds occur
Derived forms of variablevariability or variableness, nounvariably, adverb
Word Origin for variable
C14: from Latin variābilis changeable, from variāre to diversify
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Medicine definitions for non-variable
[ vâr′ē-ə-bəl, văr′- ]
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.
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Science definitions for non-variable
[ vâr′ē-ə-bəl ]
A mathematical quantity capable of assuming any of a set of values, such as x in the expression 3x + 2.
A factor or condition that is subject to change, especially one that is allowed to change in a scientific experiment to test a hypothesis. See more at control.
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