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ˈvɛər i əntvari·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discrepancy, variance, variantnoun

    an event that departs from expectations

  2. form, variant, strain, var.noun

    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    "a new strain of microorganisms"

  3. random variable, variate, variant, stochastic variable, chance variablenoun

    a variable quantity that is random

  4. version, variant, variation, editionadjective

    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. variantadjective

    differing from a norm or standard

    "a variant spelling"

  6. variantadjective

    exhibiting variation and change

    "letters variant in size"


  1. variantnoun

    Something that is slightly different from a type or norm.

  2. variantnoun

    A different sequence of a gene (locus).

  3. variantnoun

    A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types.

  4. variantadjective

    Showing variety, diverse.

  5. variantadjective

    Showing deviation or disagreement.

  6. variantadjective


  7. Etymology: Recorded since c.1380, from variant, from varians, the present active participle of vario.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Variantadjective

    varying in from, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse

  2. Variantadjective

    changeable; changing; fickle

  3. Variantnoun

    something which differs in form from another thing, though really the same; as, a variant from a type in natural history; a variant of a story or a word

  4. Etymology: [L. varians, p. pr. of variare to change: cf. F. variant. See Vary.]


  1. Variant

    Variant is a free cultural magazine based in Glasgow, Scotland, and founded in 1984. Available in both print and internet editions, it is distributed mainly though arts and cultural institutions through Britain and Ireland. Although nominally an arts and cultural bulletin, the magazine also deals with broader social and political issues, often from a left-leaning perspective. 15,000 copies are distributed per issue. Volume 1 ran from issue 1 to 16, almost twice a year; volume 2 is running from issue 1 to current issue 33, two or three times a year. Contributors have included people such as cultural theorist Angela McRobbie, artist Mark Pawson, etc.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'variant' in Nouns Frequency: #2923

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of variant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of variant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of variant in a Sentence

  1. Mazen Issa:

    While we are cautious in interpreting price action at a time of the year when liquidity is not as plentiful, we think markets are contemplating a potential growth scare as the Delta variant spreads and infections rise.

  2. Neil Finkler:

    The Delta variant has proven to be so highly contagious that even the young and the healthy, including pregnant patients, are now starting to fill up our hospitals.

  3. Michael Osterholm:

    We are not sure how this is going to play out for the next four to six months, if... The Delta variant follows this pattern that The Delta variant's taken in other countries, we can expect to see -- particularly the Southern sunbelt states that are getting hit so hard right now -- actually show a really rapid decline in cases probably in two to three weeks. The real challenge is what's going to happen with all the other states where we're seeing increases... If they too light up, then this surge could actually go on well into mid-September or later.

  4. Nicholas Rennick:

    We’ve got thousands of Delta variant patients around Japan as we speak, spreading the virus, and so many of the population remain unvaccinated and unprotected, we have to look at the bigger picture.

  5. John Doyle:

    Early on I think the risks of the Delta variant were most apparent in British pound.

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    an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player
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