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variation

  • Rfv-sense: "A distinct group of objects or things"

The sense is absent in Webster 1913, Century 1911, and Merriam-Webster online. I can't remember the word in this sense. --Dan Polansky 13:48, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

It might make sense if restricted to biology/genetics. See [1] DCDuring Holiday Greetings! 15:16, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
It works as a specific instance of difference, distinct from the phenomenon of difference. I've added an example sentence. --EncycloPetey 01:04, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
Is it not only true in comparison to something with which it bears similarities? How about, "An object or thing which is distinct in comparison, although being in some way similar." The new laser beam was found to be distinct when compared with other laser beams but it was still just a variation of laser beam. Or... With unique quality but not entirely unique. RTG 02:25, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense removed. I think that EP's example sentence, rather than demonstrating the questioned sense, is a good example sentence for a sense we didn't have; so, I've added that sense, with his sentence as well as a new one. —RuakhTALK 00:52, 21 August 2010 (UTC)


Missing sensesEdit

Other dictionaries have many more senses. DCDuring TALK 17:02, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Last modified on 22 September 2012, at 17:02