• Able to vary.

    "variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity"

  • (mathematics) Having no fixed quantitative value.
  • Marked by diversity or difference.
  • Likely to vary.
  • (biology) Tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type.


  • Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.

    "There are several variables to consider here."

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

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