Variable stars
Variable Va"ri*a*ble, a. [L. variabilis: cf. F. variable.] [1913 Webster] 1. Having the capacity of varying or changing; capable of alternation in any manner; changeable; as, variable winds or seasons; a variable quantity. [1913 Webster]

2. Liable to vary; too susceptible of change; mutable; fickle; unsteady; inconstant; as, the affections of men are variable; passions are variable. [1913 Webster]

Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His heart, I know, how variable and vain! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Variable exhaust} (Steam Eng.), a blast pipe with an adjustable opening.

{Variable quantity} (Math.), a variable.

{Variable stars} (Astron.), fixed stars which vary in their brightness, usually in more or less uniform periods. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Changeable; mutable; fickle; wavering; unsteady; versatile; inconstant. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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