possible values of the variable [value]

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Sun14

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Hello, my friends,

I came across this sentence in a translation studies book:

For instance, sentence length: we could decide that a sentence can be long, middle-sized, or short (and of course define what we mean by these terms). These three possibilities would then be the possible values of the variable "sentence length".

Does value refer to characteristic or feature in this context?
 
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    Our Collins Concise English Dictionary has the definition that best explains this use of value:

    6. a particular magnitude, number, or amount: the value of the variable was 7
     
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    A variable in math or physics, etc. is a quantified something, such as "force", the variable "F" in
    the equation F=ma (Force equals mass times acceleration). The variable can {i.e. is said to} assume 'values' in a specific situation; here, if one knows the mass and acceleration. In your example, if one knows the exact sentence length, say, ten words, that is the "value" of the variable 'sentence length' in the specific context.
     

    Sun14

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    A variable in math or physics, etc. is a quantified something, such as "force", the variable "F" in
    the equation F=ma (Force equals mass times acceleration). The variable can {i.e. is said to} assume 'values' in a specific situation; here, if one knows the mass and acceleration. In your example, if one knows the exact sentence length, say, ten words, that is the "value" of the variable 'sentence length' in the specific context.
    Got it. Thank you very much.
     
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