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noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən\

Simple Definition of variation

  • : a change in the form, position, condition, or amount of something

  • : something that is similar to something else but different in some way

  • music : a repeated version of a short piece of music with changes in its rhythm, tune, or harmony

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of variation

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of varying :  the state or fact of being varied b :  an instance of varying c :  the extent to which or the range in which a thing varies

  2. 2 :  declination 6

  3. 3 a :  a change of algebraic sign between successive terms of a sequence b :  a measure of the change in data, a variable, or a function

  4. 4 :  the repetition of a musical theme with modifications in such elements as rhythm, melody, harmony, key, tempo, and accompaniment

  5. 5 a :  divergence in the structural or functional characteristics of an organism from the species or population norm or average b :  something (as an individual or group) that exhibits variation

  6. 6 a :  a solo dance in classic ballet b :  a repetition in modern ballet of a movement sequence with changes


play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective



Examples of variation in a sentence

  1. <the movie begins with a somewhat irreverent variation on the Nativity story>

  2. <the latest in a long line of variations in her hair color>

14th Century

First Known Use of variation

14th century

VARIATION Defined for Kids


noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of variation for Students

  1. 1 :  a change in form, position, or condition <Our routine could use some variation.>

  2. 2 :  amount of change or difference <Scientists record the variations in temperature.>

  3. 3 :  departure from what is usual to a group <The poodle's offspring show no variation from the breed.>

Medical Dictionary


noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən, ˌvar-\

Medical Definition of variation

  1. 1:  divergence in one or more characteristics of an organism or biotype from those typical of or usual for its group

  2. 2:  something (as an individual or group) that exhibits variation


\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

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