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English adjective: variant

1. variant differing from a norm or standard

SamplesA variant spelling.



2. variant exhibiting variation and change

SamplesLetters variant in size.



English noun: variant

1. variant (event) an event that departs from expectations

Synonymsdiscrepancy, variance

Broader (hypernym)departure, deviation, difference, divergence

2. variant (group) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

SamplesA new strain of microorganisms.

Synonymsform, strain, var.

Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Member meronymspecies

Domain categorybiological science, biology

3. variant (cognition) a variable quantity that is random

Synonymschance variable, random variable, stochastic variable, variate

Broader (hypernym)variable, variable quantity

4. variant (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, variation, version

Broader (hypernym)type

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