dependable

ironman2012

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Chinese
Hi,

GREENFIELDBOYCE: Steamboat's had a record year - more than 45 eruptions. That beats the record set last year - 32 eruptions. And in the three years before that, there were zero eruptions. This geyser is not dependable like Old Faithful.

(This comes from npr.org transcript Steam On, Steamboat: The World's Tallest Active Geyser Has Another Record Year on December 24, 2019.)

I know "dependable" means "able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy", but I don't think these meanings fit here. I feel it means "predictable", but I'm not sure. What does it mean here?

Thanks in advance!
 
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