What does Variation mean?

Definitions for Variation
ˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃənvari·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. variation, fluctuationnoun

    an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

  2. variation, variancenoun

    an activity that varies from a norm or standard

    "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"

  3. variationnoun

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

  4. version, variant, variation, editionnoun

    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. variationnoun

    an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard

    "he patented a variation on the sandal"

  6. magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variationnoun

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

  7. variationnoun

    the process of varying or being varied

  8. variationnoun

    (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, sportnoun

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

  10. pas seul, variationnoun

    (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure

  11. variationnoun

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

    "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"


  1. variationnoun

    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. variationnoun

    A related but distinct thing.

  3. variationnoun

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

  4. variationnoun

    a line of play that differs from the original

  5. variationnoun

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

  6. Etymology: From variatio.


  1. variation

    Variation refers to a change or difference in condition, amount, or level, typically within certain limits. In biology, it refers to any difference between cells, individual organisms, or groups of organisms of any species caused by genetic differences or by the effect of environmental factors. In statistics, it refers to the distribution of data: the range between the highest and lowest number.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variationnoun

    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. Variationnoun

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

  3. Variationnoun

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

  4. Variationnoun

    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. Variationnoun

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. variation

    A term applied to the deviation of the magnetic needle or compass, from the true north point towards either east or west; called also the declination. The variation of the needle is properly defined as the angle which a magnetic needle suspended at liberty makes with the meridian line on a horizontal plane; or an arc of the horizon, comprehended between the true and the magnetic meridian. (See ANNUAL VARIATION.)


  1. Variation

    a departure in color or form, from the normal: the sum of the departures from a mean type of any species: it is continuous when there is no break between the extremes; discontinuous when there are gaps without intermediate forms.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Variation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Variation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Variation in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Fauci:

    The problem is, since we started off our baseline so high, as we tried to open up, you saw that there was a wide variation in how that was done.

  2. Craig Stein:

    There isn’t a one-size fits all structure for managers and their investors, it requires complex structuring to make these structures work for different clients. I think everyone will have a slightly different variation on the same theme.

  3. James Stroud:

    A major unexpected result of this study was that all species converged on the same new, lower level of thermal tolerance, while there was great variation in temperature tolerance before the cold event -- some, like the large-bodied brown basilisk, were very intolerant of low temperatures, while others like the Puerto Rican crested anole were more robust -- we observed that all species could now tolerate, on average, the same lowest temperature.

  4. Charles Robert Darwin:

    I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection.

  5. Thomas Frazier:

    Having prevalence estimates -- even if there is some variation -- helps us to advocate for improved screening, diagnosis, interventions and supports.

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