- 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 variably
A number of words have been variably hyphenated in the text.The Skylark of Space|Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
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
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
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.