• (British) IPA: /ˈvɛəɹ.i.ə.bl̩/
  • (America, non-Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /ˈvæɹ.i.ə.bl̩/
  • (America, Mary-marry-merry) IPA: /ˈvɛɹ.i.ə.bl̩/


  1. Able to vary or be varied.
    variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity; a variable resistor
  2. Likely to vary.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      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.
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variable (plural variables)

  1. Something that is variable.
  2. Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.
    There are several variables to consider here.
  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.
  • (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; see also Thesaurus:variable
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