1. [ noun ] an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
Synonyms: fluctuation
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
Synonyms: variance

"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
Synonyms: magnetic_variation magnetic_declination
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
Synonyms: pas_seul
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
Similar spelling:   variational