What does variation mean?

Definitions for variation
ˌvɛər iˈeɪ ʃənvari·a·tion

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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?"


  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.

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.)

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

How to pronounce variation?

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How to say variation in sign language?

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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. Sebastian Strangio:

    This is all a variation on how Hun Sen has run Cambodia since the early 1990s.

  2. Koichi Hamada:

    For advocates of helicopter money, it's not impossible to regard that as one variation of helicopter money.

  3. Charles Robert Darwin:

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

  4. Elaine Ostrander:

    The number of dogs is still small ... It will be interesting to see what types of variation come up as more dogs undergo the process.

  5. Alex Kumar:

    There's no variation in the environment, it's dark, it's white, and it's bland. It's monotonous and people really underestimate that.

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