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noun variation pronunciation in American English /ˌveriˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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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.
      These foods are not influenced by seasonal variations.
      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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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