variable Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “variable” in the English Dictionary

"variable" in British English

See all translations

variableadjective

uk   /ˈveə.ri.ə.bəl/ us   /ˈver.i.ə.bəl/

variablenoun [C]

uk   /ˈveə.ri.ə.bəl/ us   /ˈver.i.ə.bəl/ specialized
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"variable" in American English

See all translations

variableadjective

us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/
  • variable adjective (CHANGING)

likely to change, or showing change or difference as a characteristic: Our weather is very variable in the spring.
variability
noun [U] us   /ˌveər·i·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i, ˌvær-/
There is a lot of variability between brands.
variably
adverb us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bli, ˈvær-/

variablenoun [C]

us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/
  • variable noun [C] (SYMBOL)

mathematics a letter or symbol that represents any of a set of values
  • variable noun [C] (CHANGING)

something that can change, esp. in a way that cannot be known in advance: Among the variables that could prevent us from finishing the building by June are the weather and the availability of materials.
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"variable" in Business English

See all translations

variableadjective

uk   /ˈveəriəbl/ us  
able to change or be changed: 50% of the restaurant manager's remuneration was variable. Returns are variable but can rise to as much as 9%. Those who bought variable annuities a few years ago are already losing money on them.
not always of the same level or standard: Internet phone call quality can be wildly variable. The new chips have turned out to be of variable quality.

variablenoun [C]

uk   /ˈveəriəbl/ us  
a number, amount, or situation that can change and affect something in different ways: Right now, there are too many variables for us to make a decision.
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “variable”
in Arabic مُتغَيّر…
in Korean 변동이 심한…
in Portuguese variável…
in Catalan variable…
in Japanese 変わりやすい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 多变的, 反复无常的…
in Turkish sıkça değişen, değişken…
in Russian изменчивый, непостоянный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 多變的, 反復無常的…
in Italian variabile…
in Polish zmienny…
What is the pronunciation of variable?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“variable” in British English

“variable” in Business English

Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More