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variable - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'variable' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Variable [ a.]
- Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity.
- Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable.
2 . Variable [ n.]
- That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change.
- A quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression; a variable quantity; as, in the equation x2 - y2 = R2, x and y are variables.
- A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
- Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.

Meaning of 'variable' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . variable [ n]
Meaning (1):
- something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation
Example in sentence:
  • the weather is one variable to be considered
2 . variable [ a]
Meaning (2):
- liable to or capable of change
Example in sentence:
  • rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable;
  • variable expenses;
  • variable winds
3 . variable [ s]
Meaning (3):
- (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied
Example in sentence:
  • a variable capacitor;
  • variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights
Meaning (4):
- marked by diversity or difference
Example in sentence:
  • nature is infinitely variable;
  • the varying angles of roof slope