Keywords: variation, vary, variable, variant

Sign Definition

As a Noun

1. In linguistics, an feature or item of language which has various forms (variants). The different forms of the variable may be related to differences in sociolinguistic variation in signed vocabulary and grammar. English = variant.
2. In mathematics, a quantity which during a calculation is assumed to vary or be capable of varying in value. English = variable.

As a Verb or Adjective

1. To be likely to change at any time. English = (be) variable.
2. To change in size, amount, or degree; for one thing to change in size, amount, or degree when another thing changes. English = vary.
3. Of a person's mental or physical state, to be constantly changing from better to worse. Overall, it is not very good. Idiomatic English = (be) up and down, (be) so so, (be) fifty-fifty.

As Modifier

1. In mathematics, used to describe a quantity able to assume different numerical values. English = variable (quantity).