- the act, process, or accident of varying in condition, character, or degree: Prices are subject to variation.
- an instance of this: There is a variation in the quality of fabrics in this shipment.
- amount, rate, extent, or degree of change: a temperature variation of 40° in a particular climate.
- a different form of something; variant.
- the transformation of a melody or theme with changes or elaborations in harmony, rhythm, and melody.
- a varied form of a melody or theme, especially one of a series of such forms developing the capacities of the subject.
- Ballet. a solo dance, especially one forming a section of a pas de deux.
- Astronomy. any deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body, especially of a planetary or satellite orbit.
- Also called magnetic declination, magnetic variation. Navigation. the angle between the geographic and the magnetic meridian at a given point, expressed in plus degrees east or minus degrees west of true north.Compare deviation(def 4).
- Biology. a difference or deviation in structure or character from others of the same species or group.
Origin of variation
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Examples from the Web for variation
At one point in this show, a variation of this happened, in succession.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments
August 25, 2014
Climate warming can be charted as a long-term rising trend with variation.Who Will Save the Wolverine? Not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
July 20, 2014
Papers and websites are filled with opinion pieces running some variation of the title “Who lost Iraq?”Iran Is the Biggest Loser in Iraq
June 15, 2014
By sticking to the variation you hold by, there is individualism.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned
June 14, 2014
There is a set of booster vaccines at about kindergarten age, with a little bit of variation from practice to practice.Jenny McCarthy Says She’s Never Been Anti-Vaccine. Yeah, Right.
April 16, 2014
He was glad to have discovered that variation; but he could discover nothing else.The Secret Agent
The variation seemed in a manner proportional to the pressure.Heroes of the Telegraph
If it is not this identical system, it is a variation of it.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The essence of truth cannot be affected by the variation of external circumstances.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Time him as often as you will, you can never convict him of a second's variation.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- the act, process, condition, or result of changing or varying; diversity
- an instance of varying or the amount, rate, or degree of such change
- something that differs from a standard or convention
- a repetition of a musical theme in which the rhythm, harmony, or melody is altered or embellished
- (as modifier)variation form
- a marked deviation from the typical form or function
- a characteristic or an organism showing this deviation
- astronomy any change in or deviation from the mean motion or orbit of a planet, satellite, etc, esp a perturbation of the moon
- another word for magnetic declination
- ballet a solo dance
- linguistics any form of morphophonemic change, such as one involved in inflection, conjugation, or vowel mutation
Word Origin and History for variation
late 14c., from Old French variation, from Latin variationem (nominative variatio) "a difference, variation, change," from past participle stem of variare "to change" (see vary). The musical sense is attested from 1801.
- The act, process, or result of varying.
- The state or fact of being varied.
- The extent or degree to which something varies.
- Something that is slightly different from another of the same type.
- Marked difference or deviation from the normal or recognized form, function, or structure.
- An organism exhibiting such difference or deviation.
- A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.