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Definition of variable:

  1. 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.
  2. A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
  3. Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity.
  4. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable.
  5. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject to change.
  6. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not expected, especially the parts between the trade- wind belts.

Synonyms:

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.

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