independent variable

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Independent \In`de*pend"ent\, a. [Pref. in- not + dependent: cf.
   F. ind['e]pendant.]
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   1. Not dependent; free; not subject to control by others; not
      relying on others; not subordinate; as, few men are wholly
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            A dry, but independent crust.         --Cowper.
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   2. Affording a comfortable livelihood; as, an independent
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   3. Not subject to bias or influence; not obsequious;
      self-directing; as, a man of an independent mind.
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   4. Expressing or indicating the feeling of independence;
      free; easy; bold; unconstrained; as, an independent air or
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   5. Separate from; exclusive; irrespective.
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            That obligation in general, under which we conceive
            ourselves bound to obey a law, independent of those
            resources which the law provides for its own
            enforcement.                          --R. P. Ward.
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   6. (Eccl.) Belonging or pertaining to, or holding to the
      doctrines or methods of, the Independents.
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   7. (Math.) Not dependent upon another quantity in respect to
      value or rate of variation; -- said of quantities or
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   8. (U. S. Politics) Not bound by party; exercising a free
      choice in voting with either or any party.
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   Independent company (Mil.), one not incorporated in any

   Independent seconds watch, a stop watch having a second
      hand driven by a separate set of wheels, springs, etc.,
      for timing to a fraction of a second.

   Independent variable. (Math.) See Dependent variable,
      under Dependent.

   Syn: Free; uncontrolled; separate; uncoerced; self-reliant;
        bold; unconstrained; unrestricted.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Variable \Va"ri*a*ble\, n.
   1. That which is variable; that which varies, or is subject
      to change.
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   2. (Math.) 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 x^2 - y^2 = R^2, x and y are variables.
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   3. (Naut.)
      (a) A shifting wind, or one that varies in force.
      (b) pl. Those parts of the sea where a steady wind is not
          expected, especially the parts between the trade-wind
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   Independent variable (Math.), that one of two or more
      variables, connected with each other in any way whatever,
      to which changes are supposed to be given at will. Thus,
      in the equation x^2 - y^2 = R^2, if arbitrary
      changes are supposed to be given to x, then x is the
      independent variable, and y is called a function of x.
      There may be two or more independent variables in an
      equation or problem. Cf. Dependent variable, under
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