Meaning of VARIABLE in English

VARIABLE

[var.i.able] adj [ME, fr. MF, fr. L variabilis, fr. variare to vary] (14c) 1 a: able or apt to vary: subject to variation or changes "~ winds" "~ 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 n -- var.i.able.ness n -- var.i.ably adv

[2]variable n (1816) 1 a: a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values b: a symbol representing a variable

2: something that is variable

3: variable star

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