• Something that is variable.
  • Something whose value may be dictated or discovered.
  • A symbol representing a variable.
  • A named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read them.
  • A variable star.
  • A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
  • Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind belts.


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  • Borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century from Old French variable, from Latin variare, from varius.

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