Variation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌveriˈeɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word variation
Brit.  |vɛːrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word variation
- an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change (syn: fluctuation)
- an activity that varies from a norm or standard (syn: variance)
- a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
- something a little different from others of the same type (syn: edition, variant, version)
- an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
- the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
- the process of varying or being varied
- (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
- (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration (syn: mutant, mutation, sport)
- (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
- the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard


...the movie begins with a somewhat irreverent variation on the Nativity story...

...the latest in a long line of variations in her hair color...

White bread is really just a variation of French bread.

There is a great deal of variation among the responses.

The study concluded that the variation between the CD players was very small.

Most of his poems are variations on the theme of love.

Bach's Goldberg variations

any variation in his routine was immediately reported

an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone

he patented a variation on the sandal

who is responsible for these variations in taxation?

...color variation in the snow leopard's pelage...

...reamed a whole new generation of suckers with a variation of the Ponzi scheme...

There is very little melodic variation in the piece.

There may be a variation of plus or minus 5% in the prices that are quoted.

Word forms

singular: variation
plural: variations
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