- the state, quality, or fact of being variable, divergent, different, or anomalous.
- an instance of varying; difference; discrepancy.
- Also called mean square deviation. Statistics. the square of the standard deviation.
- Physics, Chemistry. the number of degrees of freedom of a system.
- a difference or discrepancy, as between two statements or documents in law that should agree.
- a departure from the cause of action originally stated in the complaint.
- an official permit to do something normally forbidden by regulations, especially by building in a way or for a purpose normally forbidden by a zoning law or a building code.
- a disagreement, dispute, or quarrel.
- at variance,
- (of things) in a state of difference or disagreement.
- (of persons) in a state of controversy or dissension: at variance with one's superiors.
Origin of variance
Examples from the Web for variance
And increased coverage explained 88% of the variance in death rate— an extremely strong correlation.Is The Media Marketing Pain Pills to Addicts?
March 4, 2014
But we should remember that the economy explains the large majority of the variance in political trust and approval.You Can Blame the Economy for President Obama's Unpopularity
November 13, 2013
But that conceals a great deal of variance in the outcomes: for some people, the expense isnt' worth it at all.Educational Inequality
June 27, 2013
Well, it suggests that college is to some extent a lottery; the averages are concealing a lot of variance.Higher Education and Earnings: Now With Graphs
February 20, 2013
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
She and his father had been at variance from his earliest remembrance.Little Dorrit
I have reason to curse those interests; they are for ever at variance with mine.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
He was in no hurry, however; he did not love her then, since he could be satisfied to live at variance with her.
She had gone to bed angry with Pascal; they were at variance with each other.
- the act of varying or the quality, state, or degree of being divergent; discrepancy
- an instance of diverging; dissensionour variance on this matter should not affect our friendship
- at variance
- (often foll by with)(of facts, etc) not in accord; conflicting
- (of persons) in a state of dissension
- statistics a measure of dispersion obtained by taking the mean of the squared deviations of the observed values from their mean in a frequency distribution
- a difference or discrepancy between two steps in a legal proceeding, esp between a statement in a pleading and the evidence given to support it
- (in the US and Canada) a licence or authority issued by the board of variance to contravene the usual rule, esp to build contrary to the provision of a zoning code
- chem the number of degrees of freedom of a system, used in the phase rule
- accounting the difference between actual and standard costs of production
Word Origin and History for variance
mid-14c., "fact of undergoing change," from Old French variance, from Latin variantia, from variare "to change" (see vary). Meaning "state of disagreement" is recorded from early 15c. The U.S. zoning sense of "official dispensation from a building regulation" is recorded from 1925.
- The state or quality of being variant or variable; a variation.
- The state or fact of differing or of being in conflict.
- The square of the standard deviation.