Definitions for variationˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

var•i•a•tionˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of varying:

    prices subject to variation.

  2. an instance of this:

    a variation in quality.

  3. amount of change:

    a temperature variation of 20°.

  4. a different form of something.

  5. the transformation of a musical theme with changes or elaborations in harmony, rhythm, and melody.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. a solo dance, esp. one forming a section of a pas de deux.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. any deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body.

    Category: Astronomy

  8. the angle between the geographic and the magnetic meridian at a given point.

    Category: Nautical

  9. a deviation in character from others of the same species.

Origin of variation:

1350–1400; ME < AF < L variātiō=variāre to vary+-tiō -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. variation, fluctuation(noun)

    an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

  2. variation, variance(noun)

    an activity that varies from a norm or standard

    "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"

  3. variation(noun)

    a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

  4. version, variant, variation, edition(noun)

    something a little different from others of the same type

    "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "a variant of the same word"; "an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father"

  5. variation(noun)

    an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard

    "he patented a variation on the sandal"

  6. magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation(noun)

    the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north

  7. variation(noun)

    the process of varying or being varied

  8. variation(noun)

    (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)

  9. mutant, mutation, variation, sport(noun)

    (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

  10. pas seul, variation(noun)

    (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure

  11. variation(noun)

    the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard

    "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. variation(noun)ˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃən

    a change in sth

    some variation in the quality of the paint; the variations of color

  2. variationˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃən

    sth that has been changed from the original

    New Wave music was a variation of punk.


  1. variation(Noun)

    The act or state of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alternation; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language.

  2. variation(Noun)

    A related but distinct thing.

  3. variation(Noun)

    The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.

  4. variation(Noun)

    a line of play that differs from the original

  5. variation(Noun)

    a technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration.

  6. Origin: From variatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variation(noun)

    the act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alternation; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language

  2. Variation(noun)

    extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change

  3. Variation(noun)

    change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc

  4. Variation(noun)

    repetition of a theme or melody with fanciful embellishments or modifications, in time, tune, or harmony, or sometimes change of key; the presentation of a musical thought in new and varied aspects, yet so that the essential features of the original shall still preserve their identity

  5. Variation(noun)

    one of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. variation

    The angular difference between true and magnetic north. See also deviation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3503

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'variation' in Nouns Frequency: #885

Translations for variation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the extent to which a thing changes

In the desert there are great variations in temperature.

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