From Latin variātiō.
- The act or state of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alternation; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language.
- A related but distinct thing.
- When the process didn't work, we tried a variation.
- All of his songs are variations on a single theme.
- (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.
- (board games) a line of play that differs from the original
- (music) a technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration; but with some invariant characteristic, e.g. a ground bass.
- magnetic variation
- theme and variations
the act or state of varying
related but distinct thing
(board games) a line of play that differs from the original
a musical technique based on an altered repetition of a theme
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Translations to be checked
- US FM 55-501 MARINE CREWMAN’S HANDBOOK; 1 December 1999
- variation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- variation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Declension of variation