- 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.
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Some variation of the truth will set you free, so I suggest you go on a truth offensive.
He was initially focused on temperature variations, and he viewed the pressure peaks as unwelcome noise.
Inter-subject variations are to be expected, for example due to differences in physiology, mask fit, head position, speech pattern and such.4 reasons you shouldn’t trash your neck gaiter based on the new mask study|Jonathan Lambert|August 12, 2020|Science News
This big data approach scans existing genomic databases for variations in DNA coding that could lead to differences in some outcome—for example, long versus short life.The Secret to a Long, Healthy Life Is in the Genes of the Oldest Humans Alive|Shelly Fan|August 10, 2020|Singularity Hub
Some frequencies will show up more strongly than others, and these variations highlight patterns — for instance, a strong frequency might indicate that the list contains more odd numbers than even ones.Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture|Erica Klarreich|August 3, 2020|Quanta Magazine
At one point in this show, a variation of this happened, in succession.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments|Kevin Fallon|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Doug Peacock|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Papers and websites are filled with opinion pieces running some variation of the title “Who lost Iraq?”
By sticking to the variation you hold by, there is individualism.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned|Allison McNearney|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|Russell Saunders|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the afternoon advances, for variation, there is a fight at the barriers.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
Variation in coloration is of such magnitude that it has been used as the basis for recognition of subspecies.
This postulate may appropriately be stated as the fixation of new averages of variation by inheritance.The Science and Philosophy of the Organism|Hans Driesch
Rube, by way of variation, occasionally visited the stables to see to the horses.The Watchers of the Plains|Ridgewell Cullum
A keen examination suggests that on the whole advance has been made, allowance being conceded for many a turn and variation.Recollections and Impressions|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
British Dictionary definitions for variation
- 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