- Variant means being different from others or from a standard.
An example of something variant is a grading system that is very different from normal ones.
- The definition of a variant is something that is different from the norm.
An example of a variant is a factor in an experiment that is different from all of the others.
- varying; different; esp., different in some way from others of the same kind or class, or from some standard or type
- Archaic variable; changeable
Origin of variantOld French ; from Classical Latin varians: see variance
- Differing from others of the same kind or from a standard: a variant form of the disease; a book in variant editions.
- Having or exhibiting variation; varying: a procedure producing variant results.
Origin of variantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin variāns, variant-, present participle of variāre, to vary; see vary.
(comparative more variant, superlative most variant)
- Something that is slightly different from a type or norm.
- All breeds of dog are variants of the species “Canis lupus familiaris".
- "The word "kerosine" is a variant of “kerosene".
- (genetics) A different sequence of a gene (locus).
- (computing) A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types.
Recorded since c.1380, from Old French variant, from Latin variÄns, the present active participle of variÅ (“to change").
variant - Computer Definition
A term with a variety of meanings. For example, the “implementation” of a component describes how it is constructed; thus, a primitive implementation describes a component implemented by some source document—the source code of a programming language, scripts of commands for an operating system shell, or data in a file in the file system. The implementation of a primitive component, therefore, consists of a list of implementation variants—or alternative implementations. So, if a component has more than one variant defined in its primitive implementation, the specific variant to be used during system construction can be selected using the variant property. In short, a variant definition consists of a name, a pointer to a file in the operating system containing the source document that implements it, and properties that further specify the variant.
Moreover, next-generation versions of worms and viruses are often referred to as variants of the base type. Virus numbering schemes reflect the notion of variants by giving viruses a base name and appending a letter or number to identify the variant, such as Sobig.a and Sobig.f.
Zelesnick, G. Primitive Implementation. [Online, May 12, 1996.] Carnegie Mellon University Website. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~UniCon/reference-manual/Reference_ Manual_30.html.