variable

variable

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English

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French variable, from Latin variare (to change), from varius (different, various).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvɛəɹ.i.ə.bl̩/
  • (US, Marymarrymerry distinction) IPA(key): /ˈvæɹ.i.ə.bl̩/
  • (US, Marymarrymerry merger) IPA(key): /ˈvɛɹ.i.ə.bl̩/

Adjective

variable (comparative more variable, superlative most variable)

  1. Able to vary.
    variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity
  2. Likely to vary.
    • Shakespeare
      Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
  3. Marked by diversity or difference.
  4. (mathematics) Having no fixed quantitative value.
  5. (biology) Tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type.

Synonyms

  • (able to vary): alterable, flexible, changeable, mutable
  • (likely to vary): fickle, fluctuating, inconstant, shifting, unstable, unsteady
  • (marked by diversity or difference): varying
  • (biology: tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type): aberrant

Antonyms

  • (able to vary): constant, invariable, immutable, unalterable, unchangeable
  • (likely to vary): constant, invariable, immutable, unchangeable
  • (marked by diversity or difference): unchanging
  • (mathematics: having no fixed quantitative value): constant, invariable

Derived terms

  • variability
  • variableness

Translations

Noun

variable (plural variables)

  1. Something that is variable.
  2. Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.
  3. (mathematics) A quantity that may assume any one of a set of values.
  4. (mathematics) A symbol representing a variable.
  5. (programming) A named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them.
  6. (astronomy) A variable star.
  7. (nautical) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
  8. (nautical, in the plural) Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.

Synonyms

  • (something that is variable): changeable
  • (something whose value may be dictated or discovered): parameter
  • (mathematics: a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values): variable quantity

Antonyms

  • (something that is variable): constant, invariable

Hyponyms

  • See also Thesaurus:variable
  • Derived terms

    Related terms

    • variable star

    Translations

    See also

    • argument
    • variate

    Further reading

    • variable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
    • variable in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
    • variable at OneLook Dictionary Search

    Asturian

    Etymology

    From Latin variābilis.

    Adjective

    variable (epicene, plural variables)

    1. variable (able to vary)
    2. variable (likely to vary)

    Noun

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. (mathematics) variable (a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values)

    Related terms

    • variación
    • variar

    Catalan

    Etymology

    From Latin variābilis.

    Pronunciation

    • (Balearic) IPA(key): /və.ɾiˈa.blə/
    • (Central) IPA(key): /bə.ɾiˈa.blə/
    • (Valencian) IPA(key): /va.ɾiˈa.ble/

    Adjective

    variable (masculine and feminine plural variables)

    1. variable (able to vary)
    2. variable (likely to vary)
    3. (mathematics) variable (having no fixed quantitative value)

    Noun

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable (something that is variable)
    2. (mathematics) variable (a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values)

    Related terms

    • variació
    • variar

    Danish

    Adjective

    variable

    1. plural and definite singular attributive of variabel

    Noun

    variable

    1. indefinite plural of variabel

    French

    Etymology

    From Latin variabilis.

    Pronunciation

    Adjective

    variable (plural variables)

    1. variable

    Noun

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

    Further reading

    • “variable” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

    Anagrams

    • balivera

    Galician

    Alternative forms

    • variábel

    Etymology

    From Latin variābilis.

    Adjective

    variable m or f (plural variables)

    1. variable, changeable

    Antonyms

    • invariable

    Noun

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

    Related terms

    • variación
    • variar

    Norwegian Bokmål

    Adjective

    variable

    1. definite singular of variabel
    2. plural of variabel

    Norwegian Nynorsk

    Adjective

    variable

    1. definite singular of variabel
    2. plural of variabel

    Spanish

    Adjective

    variable (plural variables)

    1. variable

    Noun

    variable f (plural variables)

    1. variable

    Swedish

    Adjective

    variable

    1. absolute definite natural masculine form of variabel.

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