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noun     variation pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the existence of differences in amount, number, level, form etc
    wide/considerable variation:

    There is considerable variation in size, method of construction, and design.

    It’s an issue around which there is a wide variation of opinion.

    variation between/among:

    There is, of course, variation between individual people and situations.

    variation in:

    Research has shown wide variation in the rate that children learn.

    1. a.


      [plural] differences in amount, level etc
      variation in:

      The spacecraft is specially insulated against extreme variations in temperature.

      variation within:

      There are significant variations within these broad groups.

  2. 2
    [countable] something that is slightly different from similar things
    variation on/of:

    The dessert is a variation on a classic recipe.

    a variation on a theme (=a slightly different form of the same basic thing):

    There are several variations on this theme, all with advantages and disadvantages.

    1. a.
      music a piece of music that is based on or is similar to another piece
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