|1.||the act of varying or the quality, state, or degree of being divergent; discrepancy|
|2.||an instance of diverging; dissension: our variance on this matter should not affect our friendship|
|b. (of persons) in a state of dissension|
|4.||statistics a measure of dispersion obtained by taking the mean of the squared deviations of the observed values from their mean in a frequency distribution|
|5.||a difference or discrepancy between two steps in a legal proceeding, esp between a statement in a pleading and the evidence given to support it|
|6.||(in the US and Canada) a licence or authority issued by the board of variance to contravene the usual rule, esp to build contrary to the provision of a zoning code|
|7.||chem the number of degrees of freedom of a system, used in the phase rule|
|8.||accounting the difference between actual and standard costs of production|
variance var·i·ance (vâr'ē-əns, vār'-)
The state or quality of being variant or variable; a variation.
The state or fact of differing or of being in conflict.
The square of the standard deviation.
Differing, discrepant; also, in a state of conflict. For example, John's and Mary's answers are at variance means that their answers do not agree, or John was at variance with his in-laws means that he strongly disagreed or quarreled with them. [Early 1500s]