from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Statistics A random variable with a numerical value that is defined on a given sample space.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A measurable quantity capable of taking on a number of values.
  • n. A variable, often the set of x values plotted on a graph.
  • v. To alter; or vary; to make different.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To alter; to make different; to vary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make different; vary; diversify.
  • To alter; vary; change.
  • Varied; variegated; diverse.
  • n. A single magnitude-determination of a character or quality common to a number of individuals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a variable quantity that is random


From Latin variātus, past participle of variāre, to vary; see vary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin variatus, past participle of variare. See vary. (Wiktionary)


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