Pronunciation: (vâr'ē-u-bul), [key]
1. apt or liable to vary or change; changeable: variable weather; variable moods.
2. capable of being varied or changed; alterable: a variable time limit for completion of a book.
3. inconstant; fickle: a variable lover.
4. having much variation or diversity.
5. Biol.deviating from the usual type, as a species or a specific character.
6. Astron.(of a star) changing in brightness.
7. Meteorol.(of wind) tending to change in direction.
8. Math.having the nature or characteristics of a variable.
1. something that may or does vary; a variable feature or factor.
2. Math., Computers.
a. a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
b. a symbol that represents this.
3. Logic.(in the functional calculus) a symbol for an unspecified member of a class of things or statements. Cf. bound variable, free variable.
4. Astron.See variable star.
a. a shifting wind, esp. as distinguished from a trade wind.
b. variables,doldrums (def. 2a).
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