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Definition of Variation

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act or instance of varying; degree of diversity; change; modified version (as of a musical piece); deviation
Variation Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
A factor in Darwin 's principle of Natural Selection . Each generation produces differences of structure and function in organisms.
Variation Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
  
(n.)
Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
  
(n.)
Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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variation
\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.
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.


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 variation of the needle 
 geographical variation 
 annual variation 
 variation compass 
 variation of the moon 
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Modification
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Amryfeiliad = n. variation
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
(synonym) fluctuation
(hypernym) change, alteration, modification
(hyponym) vicissitude
(derivation) vary
2. an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
(synonym) variance
(hypernym) activity
(derivation) deviate, vary, diverge, depart
3. a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
(hypernym) theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea
(hyponym) inversion
4. 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"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father"
(synonym) version, variant, edition
(hypernym) type
(derivation) change, alter, vary
5. an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal"
(hypernym) thing
(hyponym) bastard, mongrel
6. the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
(synonym) magnetic declination, magnetic variation
(hypernym) angle
(derivation) vary
7. (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
(hypernym) perturbation
(hyponym) libration
(derivation) vary
(classification) astronomy, uranology
8. (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
(synonym) mutant, mutation, sport
(hypernym) organism, being
(hyponym) freak, monster, monstrosity, lusus naturae
(derivation) deviate, vary, diverge, depart
(classification) biology, biological science
9. (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
(synonym) pas seul
(hypernym) dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation
(classification) ballet, concert dance
10. the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"
(hypernym) change
(derivation) vary, variegate, motley
Variation Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
eng-iso
A change in data, characteristic or function caused by one of four factors: special causes, common causes, tampering or structural variation (see individual entries).
Sean_Woo's Finance,GIS & Real Estate Glossary
1. means risk in portfolio theory
2. see spread
Variation Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
The angular difference between true and magnetic north. See also deviation.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Variation Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Web Dictionary of Cybernetics and Systems
[TEXT MISSING...] when probabilities are small and distributed over a great number of alternatives. statistical entropy is a measure of variation. ''Variation" is the qualitative analog of "variance" as used in the statistics of ordered (interval scale) variables. (Krippendorff ))
Abbreviation Airbus A340
Variable, Variation
Variation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
  • Genetic diversity, differences within a species

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Variation Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Chess Terms
1. A line of play that is an alternative to the moves actually played.
2. One possible line of play calculated by a player prior to making a move.
Variation Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English to Federation-Standard Golic Vulcan
vuhnaya
English - Klingon
n. Sar
Variation Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Rakefet
Variation Used in Darwinian theory as complementary to heredity, representing the tendencies towards variety of forms in living organisms, while heredity tends to perpetuate fixed types. Darwin held that species denotes merely a temporal cross section through a continuously flowing stream of gradual variation; but further study has shown that there is no such continual, uniform, and unidirectional flow of variation, but that there are reversions to original type and comparatively sudden emergence of new types. The causes assigned by Darwin for variation, though he premises the existence within the organism of a susceptibility to variation, are physical, being responses to environment. Such causes, purposeless and chaotic, could not produce ordered results; the facts indicate an intricate design and manifold purposes in nature, originating in spiritual and ethereal entities belonging to nature's hierarchical structure. Nature in fact is composed of living beings, and the ultimate cause of variation is to be sought in the operations of cosmic ideation, which reproduce their effects finally in physical organisms throughout nature.