Meaning of VARIABLE in English

VARIABLE

transcription, транскрипция: [ veəriəb(ə)l ]

( variables)

1.

Something that is variable changes quite often, and there usually seems to be no fixed pattern to these changes.

The potassium content of foodstuffs is very variable...

...a variable rate of interest.

ADJ

• vari‧abil‧ity

There’s a great deal of variability between individuals.

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2.

A variable is a factor that can change in quality, quantity, or size, which you have to take into account in a situation.

Decisions could be made on the basis of price, delivery dates, after-sales service or any other variable...

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3.

A variable is a quantity that can have any one of a set of values. ( TECHNICAL )

It is conventional to place the independent variable on the right-hand side of an equation.

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