Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun variation

11 senses of variation

Sense 1
variation, fluctuation -- (an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change)
       => change, alteration, modification -- (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago")

Sense 2
variation, variance -- (an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

Sense 3
variation -- (a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished)
       => theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea -- ((music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it")

Sense 4
version, variant, variation, edition -- (something a little different from others of the same type; "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "a variant of the same word"; "an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father")
       => type -- (a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?")

Sense 5
variation -- (an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal")
       => thing -- (an artifact; "how does this thing work?")

Sense 6
magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation -- (the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north)
       => angle -- (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Sense 7
variation -- (the process of varying or being varied)
       => process, physical process -- (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls")

Sense 8
variation -- ((astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon))
       => perturbation -- ((physics) a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly)

Sense 9
mutant, mutation, variation, sport -- ((biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration)
       => organism, being -- (a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently)

Sense 10
pas seul, variation -- ((ballet) a solo dance or dance figure)
       => dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation -- (taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music)

Sense 11
variation -- (the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?")
       => change -- (the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election")

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