- a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
- a symbol that represents this.
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Related Words for variablefickle, volatile, fluctuating, irregular, mobile, fluid, wavering, yo-yo, capricious, fitful, flexible, iffy, inconstant, mercurial, mutable, shifty, slippery, spasmodic, temperamental, ticklish
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Contemporary Examples of variable
AirBnB allows for connections: host to guest, guest to city, and any other variable you can think of.My Life as an Illegal AirBnb Landlord
June 10, 2014
Throughout the process the program throws in random changes in a command or variable— these are mutations.This is What Happens When You Teach Machines the Power of Natural Selection
February 1, 2014
This allowed them to isolate the variable under study: receipt of multivitamins.How Lobbyists Will Keep You Hooked on Vitamins
Paul A. Offit
December 21, 2013
Environmental lead abatement does a better job of explaining the crime decrease than almost any other variable.Eric Holder’s Decision to Back Away From Mandatory Drug Sentences Is a Positive Step
August 12, 2013
Vosshall designed her pilot study to weed out this variable.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why
August 6, 2013
Historical Examples of variable
The variable (an audible) part of the roadway for an automobile.The Devil's Dictionary
Variable hyphenation of god(-)like has been preserved as in the original.Andr
The answer has been as variable as the purpose of the questioners.Mountain Meditations
In all the variable years that followed she never saw the like of it again.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Archaic and variable spelling and hyphenation are preserved.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
Word Origin for variable
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.
"quantity that can vary in value," 1816, from variable (adj.). Related: Variably; variability.