1. an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

Similar word(s): fluctuation

Definition categories: event, alteration, change, modification

2. an activity that varies from a norm or standard

- any variation in his routine was immediately reported

Similar word(s): variance

Definition categories: act, activity

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

Definition categories: communication, idea, theme

4. something a little different from others of the same type

- a variant of the same word

- an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone

Similar word(s): edition, variant, version

Definition categories: thought, type

5. an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard

- he patented a variation on the sandal

Definition categories: man–made, thing

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

Definition categories: shape, angle

7. the process of varying or being varied

Definition categories: process

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

Definition categories: phenomenon, perturbation

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

Similar word(s): mutant, mutation, sport

Definition categories: person, being, organism

10. (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure

Definition categories: act, dance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

11. the act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard

- who is responsible for these variations in taxation?

Definition categories: act, change

Sentences with variation as a noun:

- when the process didn't work, we tried a variation;