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Definitions of variety

  1. a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; " he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; " he created a new variety of sheep"
  2. a difference that is usually pleasant; " he goes to France for variety"; " it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
  3. noticeable heterogeneity; " a diversity of possibilities"; " the range and variety of his work is amazing"
  4. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; " sculpture is a form of art"; " what kinds of desserts are there?"
  5. a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
  6. ( biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differe from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics; " varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
  7. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; " a great assortment of cars was on display"; " he had a variety of disorders"; " a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
  8. Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the production of, or performance in, variety shows.
  9. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness.
  10. That which is various.
  11. A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks.
  12. Something varying or differing from others of the same general kind; one of a number of things that are akin; a sort; as, varieties of wood, land, rocks, etc.
  13. In inorganic nature, one of those forms in which a species may occur, which differ in minor characteristics of structure, color, purity of composition, etc.
  14. A collection of unlike objects; an individual differing in some details from others of the same general class or kind; a sort; in biology, the group of next lower rank than a species; lack of sameness.
  15. Varietal.
  16. The quality of being various: difference: a collection of different things: one of a number of things nearly allied to each other: one or more individuals of a species, which, owing to accidental causes, differ from the normal form in minor points.
  17. Difference; diversity; number of different things; division less marked than a species; object differing from others of its kind.
  18. The state of being varied; diversity.
  19. A collection of diverse things; a subdivision of a species.
  20. A difference; dissimilitude; diversity; many and different kinds; a group subordinate to a species, differing from the rest of the species in certain features, due to particular causes, but less permanent than the specific; a different sort.
  21. See under vary.
  22. An intermixture of things different in form or quality; many and different kinds; a succession of different things; in nat. hist., a subordinate division of a species, distinguished by some accidental or unimportant differences; a different sort.
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Usage examples for variety

  1. There was no want of spirit or of variety in the dancing at Morrison's. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The angle plates may be used for a variety of purposes where it is necessary to true a surface standing at a true right angle to another. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  3. Not very much variety in that landscape, but there was an infinite variety in the changes of the open- air silence. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
  4. We are made to like variety- as Mr. Murray has just reminded you. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  5. There's variety enough here for me. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  6. The great and the wealthy of the world form no idea of the longing the poor feel for a little variety in their lives. – The Ways of Men by Eliot Gregory
  7. " It strikes me a variety would suit all," said another. – Divers Women by Pansy and Mrs. C.M. Livingston
  8. It was a new variety, brought out from Scotland by Mary Gordon, and it bore large white roses which three generations of Gordon brides had worn on their wedding day. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  9. When the United Provinces of the Netherlands and Belgium were united under a single sceptre, both countries had an immense variety of coins, for formerly nearly every province claimed a right of coining money. – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw
  10. 5. In some way more variety should be brought into the lives of country people. – The Making of a Country Parish by Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
  11. These latter appear under a variety of names, two or more titles often being used for the same individual in a single tale. – Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore by Fay-Cooper Cole
  12. We looked at it, and at the rest of the fort, which is but small, and may be commanded from a variety of hills around. – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  13. I sometimes read, for variety. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  14. There is another variety of cleek shot which calls for separate mention. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  15. There is a good deal of that variety in the present war. – The Healing of Nations and the Hidden Sources of Their Strife by Edward Carpenter
  16. At home everything was so quiet; no life, no variety. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  17. Modern war is so different from old time variety that no one can judge results up to this time. – A Journey Through France in War Time by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  18. Unity and variety are applied to all orders of beauty. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  19. Every color again, every variety of form, has some purpose and explanation. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
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