Meaning of VARIABLE in English

VARIABLE

n.

Pronunciation: ' ver- ē - ə -b ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin variabilis, from variare to vary

Date: 14th century

1 a : able or apt to vary : subject to variation or changes < variable winds> < variable costs> b : FICKLE , INCONSTANT

2 : characterized by variations

3 : having the characteristics of a variable

4 : not true to type : ABERRANT ― used of a biological group or character

– var · i · abil · i · ty \ ˌ ver- ē - ə - ' bi-l ə -t ē \ noun

– var · i · able · ness \ ' ver- ē - ə -b ə l-n ə s \ noun

– var · i · ably \ -bl ē \ adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.