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Definition 1: a quantity that can assume any of a set of values - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for variable in the sense of this definition

(variable is a kind of ...) the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

(... is a kind of variable ) a generalization of the concept of a vector

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable quantity that cannot be resolved into components

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable quantity that is random

(... is a kind of variable ) (mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable that can be used to predict the value of another variable (as in statistical regression)

(... is a kind of variable ) (statistics) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value depends on the independent variable

"if f(x)=y, y is the dependent variable"

(... is a kind of variable ) (statistics) an unrestricted variable in a frequency distribution

(... is a kind of variable ) either of two or more related or complementary variables

(... is a kind of variable ) (statistics) a variable whose values are independent of changes in the values of other variables

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable quantity that can be resolved into components

Definition 2: a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity - [noun denoting communication]

(variable is a kind of ...) an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

(... is a kind of variable ) a symbol in a logical or mathematical expression that can be replaced by the name of any member of specified set

(... is a kind of variable ) a variable whose values are solutions of an equation

Definition 3: something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation - [noun denoting object]

Samples where variable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the weather is one variable to be considered

(variable is a kind of ...) a separate and self-contained entity

Definition 4: a star that varies noticeably in brightness - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for variable in the sense of this definition

(variable is a kind of ...) (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior

(... is an instance of variable) the brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it

Definition 5: liable to or capable of change - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where variable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable
  • variable winds
  • variable expenses

(variable is similar to ...) subject to change

"a changeable climate" "the weather is uncertain" "unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"

(variable is similar to ...) changing so that interrelations with another variable quantity or set of quantities remain unchanged

(variable is similar to ...) pertaining to any procedure involving two or more variables

(variable is similar to ...) taking on different forms

"eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same"

(variable is similar to ...) continuously varying

"taffeta with shifting colors"

(variable is similar to ...) exhibiting variation and change

"letters variant in size"

(variable is similar to ...) changeable or inconstant

"versatile moods"

(means also ...) displaying a lack of consistency

"inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time" "inconsistent with the roadmap"

(means also ...) likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable

"inconstant affections" "an inconstant lover" "swear not by...the inconstant moon"

Definition 6: (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where variable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a variable capacitor
  • variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights

(variable is similar to ...) capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use

"to succeed one must be adaptable" "the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths"

Definition 7: marked by diversity or difference - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where variable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the varying angles of roof slope
  • nature is infinitely variable

Synonyms for variable in the sense of this definition

(variable is similar to ...) characterized by variety

"immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions" "his work is interesting and varied"

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