|1.||[ noun ] an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change|
|Related terms:||change deviation diurnal_variation substitution tide daily_variation vicissitude business_cycle allomerism fluctuate|
|2.||[ noun ] an activity that varies from a norm or standard|
"any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
|Related terms:||activity radioactivity deviate|
|3.||[ noun ] (music,fine art) a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished|
|Related terms:||theme inversion|
|4.||[ noun ] an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard|
"he patented a variation on the sandal"
|Related terms:||thing bastard|
|5.||[ noun ] something a little different from others of the same type|
|Synonyms:||version edition variant|
"an experimental version of the night fighter" "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone" "the boy is a younger edition of his father"
|Related terms:||type change|
|6.||[ noun ] (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)|
|Related terms:||perturbation libration astronomy|
|7.||[ noun ] (physics) the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north|
|Related terms:||angle vary|
|8.||[ noun ] (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration|
|Synonyms:||mutant sport mutation|
|Related terms:||life_form freak biology mutate|
|9.||[ noun ] (fine art,dance) a solo dance or dance figure|
|Related terms:||dancing ballet ballet|
|10.||[ noun ] the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard|
"who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
|Related terms:||change vary|