Definitions of variation

  1. an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
  2. the angle ( at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
  3. ( biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  4. ( ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
  5. something a little different from others of the same type; " an experimental version of the night fighter"; " an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"
  6. the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; " who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
  7. an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; " he patented a variation on the sandal"
  8. ( astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite ( especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
  9. something a little different from others of the same type; " an experimental version of the night fighter"; " an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"; " the boy is a younger edition of his father"
  10. 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.
  11. Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
  12. Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
  13. 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.
  14. One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
  15. The act of altering or changing; a modification or change; a departure from a regular rule or course; extent to which a thing alters; as, there is little variation in the temperature; difference in details between two things of the same class; in music, the repeating of a single melody with changes and decorations in time, harmony, elaboration, etc.
  16. Variational.
  17. A varying: a change: change from one to another: successive change: the extent to which a thing varies: ( gram.) change of termination: ( mus.) a manner of singing or playing the same air with various changes in time, rhythm, or key.
  18. Change; deviation; in mus., a theme embellished.
  19. The act or state of varying; modification; diversity.
  20. A partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of the same thing; alteration; difference; change from one to another; the extent to which a thing varies; inflection; deviation; an inequality of the moon's motion depending on the angular distance of the moon from the sun; the deviation of the magnetic needle from the true north point, or its declination; the different manner of singing or playing the same air or tune. See Vary.
  21. Alteration; partial change in form, appearance, position, & c.; change, as of termination; in music, the singing or playing of an air with various embellishments.
  22. Divergence from type in certain characteristics.

Usage examples for variation

  1. When the former character of the vessel has been once obliterated by her conversion into a ship of war, the title of the former owner, and his claim to restitution, are extinguished, and cannot be revived by any subsequent variation of the character of the vessel. – The Laws Of War, Affecting Commerce And Shipping by H. Byerley Thomson
  2. In any system so rough and so non- uniform as that of Europe in the fourteenth century, any variation of one metal served as a vantage- point against the other, as a lever to press upon and force it out. – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw
  3. If I could have looked into the future, what a strange variation on this thought I should have seen! – The Great K. & A. Robbery by Paul Liechester Ford
  4. " I want you to understand this," he said, and his voice had softened, a rare variation, nor was it steady. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  5. In addition, there must be considered certain physiographic factors affecting the nature and variation of stream flow and the migration of shore lines. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  6. But answer me this here question now, Squire: when this same thing is acted over and over, day after day, and no variation, from July to etarnity, don't you think you'd get a leetle- jist a leetle more tired of it every day, and wish for natur once more. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  7. To apply this table to use in the voyage between America and Europe, suppose the variation to increase a degree in every one hundred and sixty miles. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  8. As a variation, rock with the knees bent, hands clasped below them. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  9. A much better case can be made for similarity or difference of race as the cause of the variation. – Consanguineous Marriages in the American Population by George B. Louis Arner
  10. The objection was the greater, because the liberty of variation had given it a certain personal character. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  11. Now in domesticated animals there is great variation in colouring, but not in the majority of wild species. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  12. Chairs can be used for this same purpose, in fact, they are very good as they provide a variation of the general theme. – Garden Ornaments by Mary H. Northend
  13. The talk here is war, war, war,- never a variation by any possible chance. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  14. James had suddenly ordered this variation of practice- he did not say why- and so it was to be. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  15. Saturday brought a slight variation in the early morning routine. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  16. If a certain critical stage of downward progress be passed, even favourable conditions of food- supply will no longer suffice permanently to change the direction of the variation. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  17. The observed variation of response may thus be partly owing to some unknown change of resistance, as well as to that of the E. M. variation in response to stimulus. – Response in the Living and Non-Living by Jagadis Chunder Bose