- 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
Examples from the Web for variable
AirBnB allows for connections: host to guest, guest to city, and any other variable you can think of.
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|James Barrat|February 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This allowed them to isolate the variable under study: receipt of multivitamins.
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|Jamelle Bouie|August 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Vosshall designed her pilot study to weed out this variable.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why|Josh Dzieza|August 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The phenomenon of variable motion is not, however, peculiar to the red spot.Other Worlds|Garrett P. Serviss
Ghosts are variable with respect to sounds as well as appearance.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction|Dorothy Scarborough
The annual rings are variable in width, and the proportionate amounts of springwood and summerwood also vary.American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
Minute variations of the function are proportional to minute variations of the variable.
Individual yield is so variable that a large number of snakes must be milked in order to determine the average yield.
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.