variation[ver′ē ā′s̸hən, var′-]
Variations in color.
Variation is how much something differs from another.
An example of variation is light blue to dark blue.
- the act, fact, or process of varying; change or deviation in form, condition, appearance, extent, etc. from a former or usual state, or from an assumed standard
- the degree or extent of such change
- declination (sense 3)
- a thing that is somewhat different from another of the same kind
- Astron. a change in or deviation from the mean motion or orbit of a planet, satellite, etc.
- Ballet a solo dance
- a deviation from the usual or parental type in structure or form
- an organism showing such deviation
- Math. the manner in which two or more quantities change relative to one another
- Music the repetition of a theme or musical idea with changes or embellishments in harmony, rhythm, key, etc., esp. any of a series of such repetitions developing a single theme
Origin of variationMiddle English variacion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin variatio
- a. The act, fact, or process of varying.b. The extent or degree to which something varies: a variation of ten pounds in weight.
- Something different from another of the same type: told a variation of an old joke. See Synonyms at difference.
- Magnetic declination.
- Biology The existence within a species or other group of organisms of differences in form, function, or behavior, especially when hereditary.
- Mathematics A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.
- Music a. A form that is an altered version of a given theme, diverging from it by melodic ornamentation and by changes in harmony, rhythm, or key.b. One of a series of forms based on a single theme.
- A solo dance, especially one forming part of a larger work.
(usually uncountable, plural variations)
- The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing
- A related but distinct thing.
- when the process didn't work, we tried a variation; all of his songs are variations on a single theme
- (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
- (board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
- (music) A technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration; but with some invariant characteristic, e.g. a ground bass.