[n] a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable
[n] a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; "the editor added the argument to the poem"
[n] a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
[n] a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
[n] a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"