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She played wonderful and ever-changing permutations of the tune.
  one of the ways to change something
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permutations permutation permutational
"Permutation" can also be used more specifically to indicate one of the ways to arrange a group of objects or numbers in a set.

Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb permutate to a noun.
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  • She played wonderful and ever-changing permutations of the tune.
  • Integers of the set [1, 2, 3], provide six permutations: [1,2], [2,1], [1,3], [3,1], [2,3], [3,2].
  • They tried to prepare for every permutation of the defensive blitz.
  • Mae began to enumerate the permutations she’d tried, when he interrupted.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • I didn’t know there were so many permutations of Lycra and fleece.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • A was undermining B, D was undermining C, and so on in all possible combinations and permutations.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She quickly estimated the permutations.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Her permutations have no truce; necessity compels her to be swift, so often cometh he who obtains a turn.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The permutations and combinations of life, Hastings-I never cease to be fascinated by them.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I really think I’ve thought through every permutation the human mind is capable of.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day

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  • After the initial scream, she began to curse, combining profanity in all sorts of marvelous permutations.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • This aggregated to over thirty thousand possible permutations.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The permutations were nearly endless: Danny riding while his parents pulled; Daddy riding and laughing while Wendy and Danny tried to pull (it was just possible for them to pull him on the icy crust, and flatly impossible when powder covered it); Danny and Mommy riding; Wendy riding by herself while her menfolk pulled and puffed white vapor like drayhorses, pretending she was heavier than she was.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She wears glasses that might have belonged to Malcolm X. She eyes the paint chips with precision; though she seeks the advice of her guests, she has already made up her mind about which permutation of the shade she will choose.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • His mind races on and on, through the permutations of the dialectic, on and on, hitting things, finding new branches and sub-branches, exploding with anger at each new discovery of the viciousness and meanness and lowness of this "art" called dialectic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Theoretically, it could take years to play out the permutations.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • So I began walking back, reflecting on the possible permutations of people and events leading up to and culminating in the killings.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • In particular, he is not often intelligent enough to grapple with the fluent and ever-amazing permutations of a living and rebellious speech.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But his permutations would probably have prevented it as well, and to that extent his permutations and his moist spot go together, so to speak.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Not only is whoring unknown elsewhere, but its permutations are unknown—dower, bridal price, alimony, separate maintenance, all the variations that color all Earth’s institutions—every custom related even remotely to the incredible notion that what all women have an endless supply of is nevertheless merchandise, to be hoarded and auctioned.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • It was enough to be aware of the million permutation’s possible around her, and take comfort in knowing she would not, and really could not, know much at all.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Fine, but don’t you think that if he’s a Jesuit first and a man of intellect, with permutations, second—that the second part has something to do with his illness?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But his permutations would probably have prevented it as well, and to that extent his permutations and his moist spot go together, so to speak.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But second, he is a man of intellect— otherwise I would not seek out his company—and as such he is always looking for new combinations, adaptations, connections, modern permutations.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • We’re now at a point where it could literally take millions of years to run through the current permutations and we’d only be digging ourselves a deeper hole.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • But apparently, given his adaptations and permutations, he was not as loyal as Joachim was to his—although, to * be sure, whenever Hans Castorp, both as a civilian and child of peace, listened to this has-been or would-be Jesuit he felt reinforced in his view that each of these two men would take pleasure in the occupation and status of the other, as something closely related to his own.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Aha," Hans Castorp said to himself, "you improper Jesuit with your permutations and interpretations of the crucifixion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The play has undergone several permutations since it was first written.
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