Definition - variable

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variable
  1. a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
  2. something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation; "the weather is one variable to be considered"
  3. a star that varies noticeably in brightness
  4. (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied; "a variable capacitor"; "variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights"
  5. liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
  6. marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable"
  7. a quantity that can assume any of a set of values