- 1able or likely to change or be changed; not consistent or having a fixed pattern
- 2a quantity or factor that is capable of assuming any of a set of values or of being changed or varied in a mathematical equation or function
Using variable: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "variable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The weather is variable in this region.
The stock market is highly variable and unpredictable.
The teacher assigned a variable for the unknown quantity in the equation.
The experiment tested the effect of different variables on plant growth.
variable Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using variable
The chef likes to ring the changes on the menu every few weeks.
have mixed feelings about something; be sometimes enthusiastic and sometimes unenthusiastic.
I'm running hot and cold on whether to accept the job offer.
The championship is still up for grabs with two games left in the season.
Phrases with variable
In the equation y = 2x + 1, x is the independent variable.
In the equation y = 2x + 1, y is the dependent variable.
The number of heads obtained when flipping a coin is a random variable.
Origins of variable
from Latin 'variabilis', from 'varius' meaning 'different'
Summary: variable in Brief
The term 'variable' [ˈvɛriəbl] refers to something that is subject to change or variation, such as the weather or the stock market. It can also refer to a mathematical quantity or factor that can take on different values. Examples include 'The teacher assigned a variable for the unknown quantity in the equation.' and 'The experiment tested the effect of different variables on plant growth.' 'Variable' extends into phrases like 'independent variable,' and idioms like 'ring the changes (on something),' denoting variation in presentation or approach.