|1.||the act, process, condition, or result of changing or varying; diversity|
|2.||an instance of varying or the amount, rate, or degree of such change|
|3.||something that differs from a standard or convention|
|a. a repetition of a musical theme in which the rhythm, harmony, or melody is altered or embellished|
|b. (as modifier): variation form|
|a. a marked deviation from the typical form or function|
|b. a characteristic or an organism showing this deviation|
|6.||astronomy any change in or deviation from the mean motion or orbit of a planet, satellite, etc, esp a perturbation of the moon|
|7.||another word for magnetic declination|
|8.||ballet a solo dance|
|9.||linguistics any form of morphophonemic change, such as one involved in inflection, conjugation, or vowel mutation|
variation var·i·a·tion (vâr'ē-ā'shən, vār'-)
The act, process, or result of varying.
The state or fact of being varied.
The extent or degree to which something varies.
Something slightly different from another of the same type.
Marked difference or deviation from the normal or recognized form, function, or structure.
An organism exhibiting such difference or deviation.
A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.