Variation definition

vârē-āshən, văr-
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Declination (sense 3)
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Something different from another of the same type.

Told a variation of an old joke.

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A solo dance, especially one forming part of a larger work.
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Magnetic declination.
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(mathematics) A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.
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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.
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The act, fact, or process of varying.
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The extent or degree to which something varies.

A variation of ten pounds in weight.

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One of a series of forms based on a single theme.
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(math.) The manner in which two or more quantities change relative to one another.
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(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.
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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.
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The degree or extent of such change.
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A deviation from the usual or parental type in structure or form.
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An organism showing such deviation.
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(biology) The existence within a species or other group of organisms of differences in form, function, or behavior, especially when hereditary.
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The act, fact, or process of varying.
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The extent or degree to which something varies.

A variation of ten pounds in weight.

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The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing.
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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.

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(nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
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(board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
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(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.
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Variation is how much something differs from another.

An example of variation is light blue to dark blue.

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(biology) The existence within a species or other group of organisms of differences in form, function, or behavior, especially when hereditary.
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A thing that is somewhat different from another of the same kind.
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(astron.) A change in or deviation from the mean motion or orbit of a planet, satellite, etc.
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(ballet) A solo dance.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
variation
Plural:
variations

Origin of variation

  • From French variation, from Latin variātiō.

    From Wiktionary