Definition of variable:
- A quantity which may increase or decrease; a quantity which admits of an infinite number of values in the same expression; a variable quantity; as, in the equation x2 - y2 = R2, x and y are variables.
- A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
- Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity.
- Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable.
- That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change.
- Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade- wind belts.
fantastical, versatile, change, continue, variable star, whimsical, spotty, inconsistent, uncertain, ticklish, unsettled, fantastic, patchy, freakish, variant, adaptable, same, protean, shifting, variable quantity, changeable, temperamental, varied, various, unpredictable, varying.
- irregular (part of speech: adjective)
changeable (part of speech: adjective)
In the course of the day, the current, which, from the time we left Karakakooa Bay, had set from the N. E., changed its direction to the S. E. During the night, the wind was again variable; but early next morning it settled at E., and blew so fresh as to oblige us to double- reef the top- sails.- "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
- "Manual of American Grape-Growing", U. P. Hedrick.
- "Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning", Edward Carpenter.