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variation (n.)

late 14c., "difference, divergence," from Old French variacion "variety, diversity" and directly from Latin variationem (nominative variatio) "a difference, variation, change," from past participle stem of variare "to change" (see vary). The musical sense is attested from 1801. Related: Variational.

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Definitions of variation

variation (n.)
an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change;
Synonyms: fluctuation
variation (n.)
an activity that varies from a norm or standard;
any variation in his routine was immediately reported
Synonyms: variance
variation (n.)
a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished;
variation (n.)
something a little different from others of the same type;
an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone
Synonyms: version / variant / edition
variation (n.)
an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard;
he patented a variation on the sandal
variation (n.)
the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north;
Synonyms: magnetic declination / magnetic variation
variation (n.)
the process of varying or being varied;
variation (n.)
(astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon);
variation (n.)
(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration;
Synonyms: mutant / mutation / sport
variation (n.)
(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure;
Synonyms: pas seul
variation (n.)
the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard;
who is responsible for these variations in taxation?
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