variation

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noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of variation

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

  2. 2 :  declination 6

  3. 3a :  a change of algebraic sign between successive terms of a sequenceb :  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. 5a :  divergence in the structural or functional characteristics of an organism from the species or population norm or averageb :  something (as an individual or group) that exhibits variation

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

variational

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variationally

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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

Origin and Etymology of variation

Middle English variacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French variacion “variance, discrepancy,” borrowed from Latin variātiōn-, variātiō “diversification, divergence,” from variāre “to make changeable, vary” + -tiōn- -tiō, suffix of deverbal nouns


First Known Use: 14th century


VARIATION Defined for English Language Learners

variation

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noun var·i·a·tion \ˌver-ē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of variation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


VARIATION Defined for Kids

variation

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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

variation

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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

variational

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