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Meaning of VARIATION

Pronunciation:  `vehree'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
  2. [n]  the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
  3. [n]  (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
  4. [n]  an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal"
  5. [n]  something a little different from others of the same type; "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"
  6. [n]  a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
  7. [n]  an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
  8. [n]  (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  9. [n]  (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
  10. [n]  the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north

VARIATION is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: fluctuation, magnetic declination, magnetic variation, mutant, mutation, pas seul, sport, variance, variant, version
 See Also: activity, allomerism, alteration, angle, ballet, bastard, being, business cycle, change, change, concert dance, daily variation, dance, dancing, departure, deviation, difference, diurnal variation, divergence, freak, idea, libration, lusus naturae, melodic theme, modification, mongrel, monster, monstrosity, musical theme, organism, permutation, perturbation, replacement, saltation, substitution, switch, terpsichore, theme, thing, tide, trade cycle, transposition, type, vicissitude



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Va`ri*a"tion\, n. [OE. variatioun, F. variation, L.
variatio. See {Vary}.]
1. The act of varying; a partial change in the form,
   position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification;
   alternation; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a
   variation of color in different lights; a variation in
   size; variation of language.

         The essences of things are conceived not capable of
         any such variation.                   --Locke.

2. Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a
   position or state; amount or rate of change.

3. (Gram.) Change of termination of words, as in declension,
   conjugation, derivation, etc.

4. (Mus.) Repetition of a theme or melody with fanciful
   embellishments or modifications, in time, tune, or
   harmony, or sometimes change of key; the presentation of a
   musical thought in new and varied aspects, yet so that the
   essential features of the original shall still preserve
   their identity.

5. (Alg.) One of the different arrangements which can be made
   of any number of quantities taking a certain number of
   them together.

{Annual variation} (Astron.), the yearly change in the right
   ascension or declination of a star, produced by the
   combined effects of the precession of the equinoxes and
   the proper motion of the star.

{Calculus of variations}. See under {Calculus}.

{Variation compass}. See under {Compass}.

{Variation of the moon} (Astron.), an inequality of the
   moon's motion, depending on the angular distance of the
   moon from the sun. It is greater at the octants, and zero
   at the quadratures.

{Variation of the needle} (Geog. & Naut.), the angle included
   between the true and magnetic meridians of a place; the
   deviation of the direction of a magnetic needle from the
   true north and south line; -- called also {declination of
   the needle}.

Syn: Change; vicissitude; variety; deviation.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Differences in the frequency of genes and traits among individual organisms within a population.
 Definition: Differences in the frequency of genes and traits among individual organisms within a population.