an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
an activity that varies from a norm or standard
"any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
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"
an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
"he patented a variation on the sandal"
magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation(noun)
the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
the process of varying or being varied
(astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
mutant, mutation, variation, sport(noun)
(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
pas seul, variation(noun)
(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard
"who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
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.
A related but distinct thing.
The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
a line of play that differs from the original
a technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration.
Origin: From variatio.
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
extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change
change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc
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
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
The angular difference between true and magnetic north. See also deviation.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'variation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3503
Rank popularity for the word 'variation' in Nouns Frequency: #885
The numerical value of variation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of variation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.
This is why athletes stay in shape year-round. They have a program scheduled and planned over an entire year with variation, rest days, more-intense and less-intense workout periods.
It is clear that people were reacting to regional environmental variation on the island before they were devastated by the introduction of European diseases and other historic processes.
We thought we would find 'good' and 'bad' hospitals. ... But what we actually found was a quite a bit of variation between surgeons within the same hospital, the surgeon is the captain of the ship.
It's hard to see a decline in standards as every swordsmith is licensed, and can only produce two long swords or three short swords a month, there is variation in quality but the traditions are strong.
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Translations for variation
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- variacióCatalan, Valencian
- Variante, Veränderung, VariationGerman
- muunnos, vaihtelu, muuntelu, erantoFinnish
- déclinaison, variante, variationFrench
- athruithe, éagsúlachtIrish
- mùthadh, atharrachadh, caochladhScottish Gaelic
- 変化, 変動, 変奏曲, バリエーションJapanese
- 변종, 변화, 變化Korean
- variasjonNorwegian Nynorsk
- zmienność, wariacjaPolish
- variante, variaçãoPortuguese
- variere, variațieRomanian
- варьи́рование, вариа́ция, разнови́дность, вариа́нт, измене́ниеRussian
- avvikelse, variant, variationSwedish
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