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 (vâr′ē-ə-bəl, văr′-)
a. Likely to change or vary; subject to variation; changeable.
b. Inconstant; fickle.
2. Biology Tending to exhibit genetic variation or variation in a physical trait: geographically variable color patterns.
3. Mathematics Having no fixed quantitative value.
1. Something that varies or is prone to variation.
2. Astronomy A variable star.
3. Mathematics
a. A quantity capable of assuming any of a set of values.
b. A symbol representing such a quantity. For example, in the expression a2 + b2 = c2, a,b, and c are variables.

var′i·a·ble·ness n.
var′i·a·bly adv.
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Adv.1.variably - with variationvariably - with variation; in a variable manner or to a variable degree; "it will be variably cloudy"
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(ˈveəri) verb
to make, be or become different. These apples vary in size from small to medium.
ˈvariable adjective
1. that may be varied. The machine works at a variable speed.
2. (of eg winds, weather etc) liable or likely to change. British weather is very variable.
something that varies, eg in quantity, value, effect etc. Have you taken all the variables into account in your calculations?
ˈvariably adverb
ˌvariaˈbilityplural variaˈbilities noun
ˌvariˈation noun
1. the extent to which a thing changes. In the desert there are great variations in temperature.
2. one of a series of musical elaborations made on a basic theme or melody. Brahms' variations on Haydn's `St Anthony's Chorale'.
ˈvaried adjective
He has had a very varied career.
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Historians and religious scholars look at aspects of the Reformation in light of current thinking that it was a chronologically long, geographically broad, and greatly variably phenomenon.