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Dictionary definition for: Variant

1. (n) an event that departs from expectations

2. (s) differing from a norm or standard; "a variant spelling"

3. (n) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"

4. (n) a variable quantity that is random

5. (n) 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"

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