Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Likely to change or vary; subject to variation; changeable.
  • adj. Inconstant; fickle.
  • adj. Biology Tending to deviate, as from a normal or recognized type; aberrant.
  • adj. Mathematics Having no fixed quantitative value.
  • n. Something that varies or is prone to variation.
  • n. Astronomy A variable star.
  • n. Mathematics A quantity capable of assuming any of a set of values.
  • n. Mathematics A symbol representing such a quantity. For example, in the expression a2 + b2 = c2, a, b, and c are variables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. able to vary
  • adj. likely to vary
  • adj. marked by diversity or difference
  • adj. having no fixed quantitative value
  • adj. tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type
  • n. something that is variable
  • n. something whose value may be dictated or discovered
  • n. a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values
  • n. a symbol representing a variable
  • n. a named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them
  • n. a variable star

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable
  • adj. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant
  • n. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change.
  • n. A quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression; a variable quantity.
  • n.
  • n. A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
  • n. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Apt to change; changing or altering in a physical sense; liable to change; changeable.
  • In botany and zoology, embracing many individuals and groups (varieties, subspecies, forms, states) which depart somewhat from the strict type: said of a species or, in a similar sense, of some particular character.
  • Liable to vary or change, in a moral sense; mutable; fickle; inconstant: as, variable moods.
  • Capable of being varied, altered, or changed; liable to change; alterable; in grammar, capable of inflection.
  • In mathematics, quantitatively indeterminate, and considered with reference to the various determinations of quantity that are possible in the case. See II.
  • In astronomy, changing in brightness
  • Synonyms and Wavering, unstable, vacillating, fluctuating, fitful.
  • n. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject or liable to vary or change.
  • n. In mathematics, a quantity which is indeterminate, and is considered with reference to its different possible values; originally, a quantity capable of values continuously connected in one dimension, so that it could be conceived as running through them all in the course of time.
  • n. A shifting wind, as opposed to a trade-wind; hence, the variables, the intermediate region or belt between the northeast and the southeast trade-winds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a star that varies noticeably in brightness
  • adj. (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied
  • n. something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation
  • adj. marked by diversity or difference
  • n. a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
  • n. a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
  • adj. liable to or capable of change

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French variable, from Latin variare ("to change"), from varius ("different, various").

Examples

  • I therefore call it the variable part of capital, or, shortly, _variable capital_.

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  • This is the most common style and one prefered for code in kdelibs. mVariable lowercase m and the name of variable starting with a uppercase letter variable_ variable name starting with a lowercase letter and then an underscore

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  • Posts: 300 variable = $ (sed - n '3p' truefalse. txt) echo $variable if [ "$variable" = "True"]; then sed - i

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  • '3 cFalse' truefalse. txt else sed - i '3 cTrue' truefalse. txt fi variable = $ (sed - n '3p' truefalse. txt) echo $variable this reads line three of a simple text file and changes True to False or False to True depending on what the line says. how would i replace the '3' with a variable? what is the syntax for that?

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  • Nothing indeed, is more variable than the signification of the term variable itself.

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  • The title variable depends on the operating system.

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  • The solution of this variable is then the percent change in the beer tax associated with the percent change in quantity you obtained a moment ago.

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  • "And Dr. Dale said that in the larger sets they have what they call a variable condenser, so that they can get more or less damping action according to the strength of the incoming current waves."

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  • "For the industry, we'll progressively move toward more of what I call variable pricing so the heavy (use) consumers will pay more than the lower consumers," Stephenson said.

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  • "For the industry, we'll progressively move towards more of what I call variable pricing so the heavy (use) consumers will pay more than the lower consumers," he said at an analyst conference Tuesday.

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