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Dictionary definition for: Variation

1. (n) an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

2. (n) an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"

3. (n) a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished

4. (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"

5. (n) an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal"

6. (n) the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north

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

8. (n) (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration

9. (n) (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure

10. (n) 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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