variance

[ vair-ee-uh ns ]
/ ˈvɛər i əns /

noun

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 variance

variance

/ (ˈvɛərɪəns) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Medicine definitions for 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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