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English noun: variation

1. variation (event) an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)allomerism, business cycle, daily variation, departure, deviation, difference, diurnal variation, divergence, permutation, replacement, substitution, switch, tide, trade cycle, transposition, vicissitude

2. variation (act) an activity that varies from a norm or standard

SamplesAny variation in his routine was immediately reported.


Broader (hypernym)activity

3. variation (communication) a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

Broader (hypernym)idea, melodic theme, musical theme, theme

Narrower (hyponym)inversion, partita

4. variation (cognition) something a little different from others of the same type

SamplesAn experimental version of the night fighter.
A variant of the same word.
An emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone.
The boy is a younger edition of his father.

Synonymsedition, variant, version

Broader (hypernym)type

5. variation (artifact) an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard

SamplesHe patented a variation on the sandal.

Broader (hypernym)thing

Narrower (hyponym)bastard, mongrel

6. variation (shape) the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north

Synonymsmagnetic declination, magnetic variation

Broader (hypernym)angle

7. variation (process) the process of varying or being varied

Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)covariation

8. variation (phenomenon) (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)

Broader (hypernym)perturbation

Narrower (hyponym)libration

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology

9. variation (person) (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

Synonymsmutant, mutation, sport

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

Narrower (hyponym)freak, lusus naturae, monster, monstrosity

Domain categorybiological science, biology

10. variation (act) (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure

Synonymspas seul

Broader (hypernym)dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

Domain categoryballet, concert dance

11. variation (act) the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard

SamplesWho is responsible for these variations in taxation?.

Broader (hypernym)change

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