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  1. [noun] an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
    Synonyms: fluctuation

  2. [noun] an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
    Synonyms: variance

  3. [noun] a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

  4. [noun] something a little different from others of the same type; "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"; "the boy is a younger edition of his father"
    Synonyms: version, variant, edition

  5. [noun] an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal"

  6. [noun] the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
    Synonyms: magnetic declination, magnetic

  7. [noun] (astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)

  8. [noun] (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
    Synonyms: mutant, mutation, sport

  9. [noun] (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
    Synonyms: pas seul

  10. [noun] the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard; "who is responsible for these variations in taxation?"


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