variance

[ vair-ee-uh ns ]
/ ˈvɛər i əns /

noun


Nearby words

  1. variable star,
  2. variable-density wind tunnel,
  3. variable-geometry,
  4. variable-pitch,
  5. variable-rate,
  6. variant,
  7. variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease,
  8. variate,
  9. variation,
  10. variative

Idioms

    at variance,
    1. (of things) in a state of difference or disagreement.
    2. (of persons) in a state of controversy or dissension: at variance with one's superiors.

Origin of variance

1300–50; Middle English < Latin variantia, equivalent to vari(āre) to vary) + -antia -ance

Related formsnon·var·i·ance, nounself-var·i·ance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for at variance

variance

/ (ˈvɛərɪəns) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for at variance

variance

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for at variance

variance

[ vârē-əns, văr- ]

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with at variance

at variance

Differing, discrepant; also, in a state of conflict. For example, John's and Mary's answers are at variance means that their answers do not agree, or John was at variance with his in-laws means that he strongly disagreed or quarreled with them. [Early 1500s]

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