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variation
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
a variation on a theme
Definition something that is different than others of its type (synonyms could include: adaptation, version, alternate form)
  • Scientists are worried about a new variation of the virus.
variation = version (something that is different than others of its type)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I've heard three variations of that joke.
  • variations = versions (things that are different than others of their type)
  • Over the years there have been many variations of the Snickers Bar such as the Snickers Almond bar and Snickers Ice Cream bar.
  • variations = versions (things that are different than others of their type)
  • Highly empathetic people are more likely to have a gene variation associated with trust and caring.
  • variation = version (something that is different than others of its type)
  • I stopped for a long time to let my nerves settle, then leaned back from my tools and stared up at the face above, searching for a hint of solid ice, for some variation in the underlying rock strata, for anything that would allow passage over the frosted slabs.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • variation = something different than the rest
  • The music went on and on, minute after minute, with astonishing variations, never once repeating itself, almost as though the bird were deliberately showing off its virtuosity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
variations = differences

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2  —as in:
a 60% variation
Definition difference — typically between things of the same type, or within a limited range
  • They found a variation of 600% in the cost of having a baby—largely determined by which hospital was selected for delivery.
variation = difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The variation in medical prices can be shocking.
  • variation = difference
  • They studied regional language variation by analyzing Twitter data.
  • variation = difference
  • When all other factors are the same, WalletHub's study found an average of a 65% variation in the cost of auto insurance depending upon whether the insured has excellent credit or no credit history.
variation = difference

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