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variation

variation

noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən\

: 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

Full Definition of VARIATION

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
:  declination 6
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
:  the repetition of a musical theme with modifications in such elements as rhythm, melody, harmony, key, tempo, and accompaniment
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
a :  a solo dance in classic ballet
b :  a repetition in modern ballet of a movement sequence with changes
var·i·a·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
var·i·a·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of VARIATION

  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>

First Known Use of VARIATION

14th century

Related to VARIATION

Other Cartography Terms

Robinson projection, benchmark, plat, projection, topography

Rhymes with VARIATION

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jubilation, laceration, lamentation, lamination, legislation, levitation, liberation, limitation, lineation, liquidation, litigation, lubrication, lucubration, maceration, machination, malformation, masturbation, maturation, mediation, medication, meditation, melioration, menstruation, ministration, mitigation, moderation, modulation, molestation, motivation, mutilation, navigation, nomination, obfuscation, objurgation, obligation, observation, occupation, operation, orchestration, ordination, oscillation, osculation, ostentation, ovulation, oxidation, pagination, palpitation, penetration, percolation, perforation, permeation, permutation, perpetration, perspiration, perturbation, pigmentation, pixilation, police station, pollination, population, postulation, power station, predication, preparation, presentation, preservation, proclamation, procreation, profanation, prolongation, promulgation, propagation, prorogation, protestation, provocation, publication, punctuation, radiation, 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ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station

variation

noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən, ˌvar-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VARIATION

1
:  divergence in one or more characteristics of an organism or biotype from those typical of or usual for its group
2
:  something (as an individual or group) that exhibits variation
var·i·a·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective

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