- a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
- a symbol that represents this.
- varia lectio,
- variable annuity,
- variable contrast paper,
- variable cost,
- variable life insurance,
- variable region
Origin of variable
Word Origin for variable
"quantity that can vary in value," 1816, from variable (adj.). Related: Variably; variability.
late 14c., of persons, from Old French variable, from Latin variabilis "changeable," from variare "to change" (see vary). Of weather, seasons, etc., attested from late 15c.; of stars, from 1788.