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. An individual, or group of individuals, of a species differing from the rest in some one or more of the characteristics typical of the species, and capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Varietal.
  17. In botany and zoology, a subdivision of a species.
  18. 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.
  19. Difference; diversity; number of different things; division less marked than a species; object differing from others of its kind.
  20. The state of being varied; diversity.
  21. A collection of diverse things; a subdivision of a species.
  22. 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.
  23. See under vary.
  24. 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.

Quotes of variety

  1. We are the only country in the world that has taken people from so many different backgrounds, which is a great achievement by itself, but an even greater achievement is that we have turned all of that variety and diversity into unity. – Lamar Alexander
  2. We always thought we had to follow a certain theme but I don't agree with that anymore. I think the fans deserve a wider variety of music. – Tom Cochrane
  3. All three networks have always had a morning show but now cable of course is taking some of that audience away and a variety of other things, probably the Internet as well. – Katie Couric
  4. Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs. – Federico Fellini
  5. However, it may occur that we will find ourselves using a variety of fuel sources to give us the energy we need support our lifestyles and boost our economy. – Virgil Goode
  6. Our variety is one of the key reasons our customers love us. We continue to provide all of the menu items they love, while also offering new items to try. – Kenny Harrison
  7. Dandyism is a variety of genius. – William Hazlitt
  8. There was a little afternoon show that was called Afternoon. Back in those days in television, most local stations had a midday show for housewives that had a series of things. It was like a variety show for midday. – Jim Henson
  9. NSF is the only federal agency with a proven track record of selecting education projects through a rigorous, careful and competitive process that draws on a wide variety of experts from outside government. – Bob Inglis
  10. It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification. – Roman Jakobson
  11. The mayor has got to work closely with a wide variety of people, his city council, state legislature, governor, business community, labor community, president and the congress in order to be able to do this. – Marc Morial
  12. Instead, there were a variety of controls of which some could be influenced by bankers, some could be influenced by the government, and some could hardly be influenced by either. – Carroll Quigley
  13. Variety is the spice of love. – Helen Rowland
  14. Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter, more energetic and more adaptable than those who know how to do one thing only. – Robert Shea
  15. Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. – Joan D. Vinge

Usage examples for variety

  1. I sometimes read, for variety – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  2. There is another variety of cleek shot which calls for separate mention. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  3. We are made to like variety as Mr. Murray has just reminded you. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  4. 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
  5. There was no want of spirit or of variety in the dancing at Morrison's. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Unity and variety are applied to all orders of beauty. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  7. 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
  8. There's variety enough here for me. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  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. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Every color again, every variety of form, has some purpose and explanation. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. " It strikes me a variety would suit all," said another. – Divers Women by Pansy and Mrs. C.M. Livingston
  18. At home everything was so quiet; no life, no variety – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  19. 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

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