variation
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌvɛəɹɪˈeɪʃn̩/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌvɛəɹiˈeɪʃn̩/, /ˌvæɹiˈeɪʃn̩/, /ˌvɛɹiˈeɪʃn̩/

Noun

variation (uncountable)

  1. The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing.
  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.
  3. (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north.
    Synonyms: 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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