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

Derived forms: variations

Type of: activity, alteration, angle, being, change, dance, dancing, idea, melodic theme, modification, musical theme, organism, perturbation, physical process, process, saltation, terpsichore, theme, thing, type

Encyclopedia: Variation