Meaning of VARIABLE in English

I. ˈver-ē-ə-bəl adjective

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

Date: 14th century


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 ˌver-ē-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• var·i·able·ness ˈver-ē-ə-bəl-nəs noun

• var·i·ably -blē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1816


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.