See also: Variation

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From Middle French variation, from Old French variacion, from Latin variātiō.

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variation (usually uncountable, plural variations)

  1. The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, and individual plants are highly heterozygous and do not breed true. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better.
  2. A related but distinct thing.
    When the process didn't work, we tried a variation.
    All of his soups are variations on a single recipe.
    • 2020 May 10, “Cultivation Experience of a Young Practitioner Born in the 90s”, in Minghui[1]:
      Selfishness has different variations, but in the end it is all the same.
  3. (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north.
    Synonym: magnetic declination
  4. (board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
  5. (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.
  6. (genetics) The modification of a hereditary trait.
  7. (astronomy) Deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body.

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Borrowed from Latin variātiōnem. See also véraison.

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variation f (plural variations)

  1. variation

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  • Persian: ⁧واریاسیون(vâriyâsiyon)
  • Turkish: varyasyon

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From French variation, attested from 1656.[1]

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variation c

  1. variation

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Declension of variation 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative variation variationen variationer variationerna
Genitive variations variationens variationers variationernas

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