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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. an activity that varies from a norm or standard; " any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
  6. 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"
  7. the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; " who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
  8. an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; " he patented a variation on the sandal"
  9. a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
  10. ( astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite ( especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
  11. 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"
  12. 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.
  13. Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
  14. Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
  15. 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.
  16. One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
  17. The phenotypic differences among individuals in a population.
  18. 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.
  19. Variational.
  20. Process of changing.
  21. 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.
  22. Change; deviation; in mus., a theme embellished.
  23. The act or state of varying; modification; diversity.
  24. 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.
  25. Alteration; partial change in form, appearance, position, & c.; change, as of termination; in music, the singing or playing of an air with various embellishments.
  26. Divergence from type in certain characteristics.
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Quotes of variation

  1. I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer. – Johannes Brahms
  2. The older the layers, the more each of them is uniform over a great extent; the newer the layers, the more they are limited and subject to variation within small distances. – George Cuvier
  3. The interaction of the variation in our genes is what's responsible for lots of our attributes and vigor. – Walter Gilbert
  4. Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question -which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place. – Phillip E. Johnson
  5. Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin: variation and selection. – Ernst Mayr
  6. Cuvier had preceded Lamarck in specifying the kinds and degrees of variation which his own observations and critical judgment of the reports of others led him to admit. – Richard Owen
  7. After every movie, I always kick myself for the same things -didn't do enough, not enough variation not enough interesting choices, too bland. – Robin Wright Penn
  8. A rise of wages from this cause will, indeed, be invariably accompanied by a rise in the price of commodities; but in such cases, it will be found that labour and all commodities have not varied in regard to each other, and that the variation has been confined to money. – David Ricardo
  9. In stating the principles which regulate exchangeable value and price, we should carefully distinguish between those variations which belong to the commodity itself, and those which are occasioned by a variation in the medium in which value is estimated, or price expressed. – David Ricardo
  10. If you look at music, you see theme, variation you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure, and these are related to skills in the real world. – Dave Van Ronk

Usage examples for variation

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The talk here is war, war, war,- never a variation by any possible chance. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  6. Saturday brought a slight variation in the early morning routine. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  7. " 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
  8. The mere change and variation going from one thing to another, makes the mind restless and distracted, without inner unity and harmony. – Psychology and Social Sanity by Hugo Münsterberg
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. As a variation rock with the knees bent, hands clasped below them. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  13. 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
  14. Being unable, then, to separate Body and Heat, we cannot effect such a variation of circumstances as the foregoing three methods require; we cannot ascertain, by those methods, what portion of the phenomena exhibited by any body are due to the heat contained in it. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  15. 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
  16. On one occasion we camped out for the night on the links on which we were playing, and a very pleasant variation from the ordinary routine we found it. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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