Definition of variable noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈveəriəbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈveriəbl//
, NAmE//ˈværiəbl//
Mathematical terminology
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a situation, number or quantity that can vary or be varied With so many variables, it is difficult to calculate the cost. The temperature remained constant while pressure was a variable in the experiment. opposite constant See related entries: Mathematical terminology Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin variabilis, from variare, from varius ‘diverse’.Word Familyvary verbvaried adjectivevariable adjectivevariation nounvarious adjectivevariety noun
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: variable