Variant meaning

vâr'ē-ənt, văr'-
Anything that is variant, as a different spelling of the same word, a different version of a literary passage, etc.
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Varying; different; esp., different in some way from others of the same kind or class, or from some standard or type.
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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".

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(genetics) A different sequence of a gene (locus).
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Something that differs from others of the same kind or from a standard, as a different spelling or pronunciation of a word.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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Differing from others of the same kind or from a standard.

A variant form of the disease; a book in variant editions.

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Having or exhibiting variation; varying.

A procedure producing variant results.

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Variable; changeable.
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Showing variety, diverse.
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(computing) A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types.
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Origin of variant

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin variāns variant- present participle of variāre to vary vary
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Recorded since c.1380, from Old French variant, from Latin variāns, the present active participle of variō (“to change").
    From Wiktionary