- a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
- a symbol that represents this.
Origin of variable
Synonyms for variable
Antonyms for variable
Related Words for variablyirregularly, occasionally, sometimes, vacillating, sporadically, alternately, fluctuating, variably
Examples from the Web for variably
Historical Examples of variably
A number of words have been variably hyphenated in the text.The Skylark of Space
Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
Greek Gods before they were sculptured would be conceived just as variably.The Evolution of States
J. M. Robertson
Green, without coppery tints, but variably suffused with purple.Bees from British Guiana
T. D. A. Cockerell
The specimens that I have examined from Coahuila are variably intermediate between the subspecies aurifrons and incanescens.Birds from Coahuila, Mexico
Emil K. Urban
The hybrid has a faint dark basicaudal spot that is variably developed in Rhinichthys but absent in Gila.Five Natural Hybrid Combinations in Minnows (Cyprinidae)
Frank B. Cross
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.