[sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh-]
- capable of being separated, parted, or dissociated.
- containing a countable dense subset.
- (of a differential equation) capable of being written so that coefficients of the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone.Compare separation of variables.
Origin of separable
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Examples from the Web for separable
These are separable in thought, but united in any act of sensation, reflection, or volition.Theaetetus
These spirits are separable from the material form with which they are clad.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
Two stars so close together as to be separable only with a telescope.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
It is distinguishable, but not separable, from the spiritual order.Public School Education
However, it is not well to dwell too much on the separable verbs.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- able to be separated, divided, or parted
Word Origin and History for separable
late 14c., from Latin separabilis, from separare (see separate (v.)). Related: Separability.
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