1. an event that departs from expectations

Similar word(s): discrepancy, variant

Definition categories: event, departure, deviation, difference, divergence

2. discord that splits a group

Similar word(s): division

Definition categories: communication, discord, dissension

3. the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value

Definition categories: thought, moment

4. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions

Similar word(s): disagreement, discrepancy, divergence

Definition categories: attribute, difference

5. the quality of being subject to variation

Similar word(s): variability, variableness

Definition categories: attribute, changeability, changeableness

6. an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation)

- a zoning variance

Definition categories: act, dispensation

7. an activity that varies from a norm or standard

- any variation in his routine was immediately reported

Similar word(s): variation

Definition categories: act, activity