mutable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mutable capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature "a mutable substance","the mutable ways of fortune","mutable weather patterns","a mutable foreign policy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mutable Capable of alteration; subject to change; changeable in form, qualities, or nature. "Things of the most accidental and mutable nature."
    • Mutable Changeable; inconstant; unsettled; unstable; fickle. "Most mutable wishes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mutable Capable of being altered in form, qualities, or nature; subject to change; changeable.
    • mutable Changeable or inconstant in mind or feelings; unsettled; unstable; liable to change.
    • mutable Synonyms Alterable.
    • mutable Unsteady, wavering, variable, irresolute, fickle, vacillating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mutable mū′ta-bl that may be changed: subject to change: inconstant
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Quotations

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mutabilis, fr. mutare, to change. See Move
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. mutabilismutāre, -ātum, to change—movēre, motum, to move.

Usage

In literature:

There was cunning in the lips and caution in the brow; but the face was too mutable.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Some women charm by their mutability; she attracted by her uniformity.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
I saw how here mutability and unchangeableness were united.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
It forces us to dwell on necessary conditions of mutability and transformation.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
It must be remembered that Mr. Molloy's book is not a new one; but then Touraine is neither new nor mutable.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
It looked comfortable and secure, in its homely simplicity; something to depend on in the otherwise mutable scenes of life.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
In process of time, like other things in this mutable world, its form was changed, but the meaning retained.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Such a conclusion is just possible as we meditate on the mutability of many scientific concepts!
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
Or clouds or rocks or winds or waves, the mutable or the unchangeable was in turn the theme of our reproductive praise.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
In these changeful times, the history of the Inquisition is not the least mutable.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The question of the mutability of species was thus prominently raised.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
Here the sunshine of prosperity, and the mutability of human greatness, were excellently pourtrayed.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Centuries are mutable, but prejudices never alter in the Colonies.
"Acadia" by Frederic S. Cozzens
A dutiful daughter will make a good wife; and though now he is rich, he knows how mutable is all earthly fortune.
"The Young Lord and Other Tales to which is added Victorine Durocher" by Camilla Toulmin
Mutable as this climate is, the greatest variation I ever saw was between Friday and Sunday last.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
To suppose so, is supposing his purposes mutable, and his compassion dormant; that is, divesting him of Deity.
"The Essential Faith of the Universal Church" by Harriet Martineau
They are mutable, and from them new dialects are produced.
"A Manual of the Antiquity of Man" by J. P. MacLean
Such affection may be transient or deep, yet it seems to me that it, too, is subject to mutability and change.
"Withered Leaves. Vol. III.(of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
Alack for the mutability of life!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 369, July 1846" by Various
But borne rapidly across the moon's blurred disk, on some high, fleet rush of air, scudded volumes of rolling and mutable vapor.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
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In poetry:

Deem ye their armaments confess
A source of mutable desire?
Think ye He mailed His thought in fire
And called from night and nothingness
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Wonder and sadness are the lot
Of change: thou yield'st mine eyes
Grief of vicissitude, but not
Its penetrant surprise.
Immutability mutable
Burthens my spirit and the skies.
"To The Sinking Sun" by Francis Thompson
Out of the womb of time and dust of the years forgotten,
Spirit and fire enclosed in mutable flesh and bone,
Came by a road unknown the thing that is me for ever,
The lonely soul of a man that stands by itself alone.
"A Creed" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

In news:

Master of the Mutable , in an Idiom All His Own.
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In science:

Separation logic: A logic for shared mutable data structures.
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols
For this purpose a pilot project has been set up to evaluate the current design of Geant4 electromagnetic package in view of the foreseen R&D, and to investigate design techniques suitable to better support fine -grained physic s customization and mutability in response to the environment.
Design and performance evaluations of generic programming techniques in a R&D prototype of Geant4 physics
This requirement implies the introduction of a new concept in the simulation – mutable physics entities (process, model or other physics-aware object), whose state and behavior depend on the environment and may evolve as an effect of it.
Design and performance evaluations of generic programming techniques in a R&D prototype of Geant4 physics
The Boolean template parameter isConst is used to determine whether the data addressed by views and iterators is constant or mutable.
Runtime-Flexible Multi-dimensional Arrays and Views for C++98 and C++0x
The Boolean template parameter isConst is used to determine whether the data addressed by views and iterators is constant or mutable.
Runtime-Flexible Multi-dimensional Arrays and Views for C++98 and C++0x
Assigning a view x to a view on mutable data y via y = x copies the data under x to the memory addressed by y, provided that x and y have the same shape.
Runtime-Flexible Multi-dimensional Arrays and Views for C++98 and C++0x
Similarly, there are several specialized closure type (arrays, mutable references, weak pointers and others [11, page HeapObjects]).
dup -- Explicit un-sharing in Haskell
Yet there is the physical implementation of these designs, a realm where the decomposition into parts is not easily mutable.
Biologic
Object mutability, i.e. the fact that an object’s state or behavior can vary in time, is of central importance in the design of a hybrid OO-IP language.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
Permitting to have streams of mutable objects would thus be semantically invalid, as each stream element’s value could possibly change in time.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
This means a context-mutable object has an embedded dimensional concept in its class declaration and that the evaluation of its members varies in a multidimensional context space, i.e. this class embeds at least one Lucid expression.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
Message” is used to accumulate a message as a mutable string. “RequestMainBean” uses this class for error messages, to store and get messages in case an error occurred. The relationship between “RequestMainBean” and “Message” is a simple aggregation relationship.
Software Design Document, Testing, and Deployment and Configuration Management of the UUIS - a Team 1 COMP5541-W10 Project Approach
In other words, trinucleotides that have to mutate are not fixed, but they are randomly picked among a subset of potentially mutable trinucleotides.
Chaos in DNA inversions (Draft paper)
Consequently, the size and the constitution of the subset of mutable trinucleotides change at each time t.
Chaos in DNA inversions (Draft paper)
In the chaotic model, non-mutable trinucleotides cannot have been obtained by the mutation of other trinucleotides.
Chaos in DNA inversions (Draft paper)
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