The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alternation; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language.
Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
Repetition of a theme or melody with fanciful embellishments or modifications, in time, tune, or harmony, or sometimes change of key; the presentation of a musical thought in new and varied aspects, yet so that the essential features of the original shall still preserve their identity.
One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection. Charles Darwin
If you look at any leaf on any tree branch, it's similar to but not exactly a repetition of the previous branch. So the new science of complexity or showing how an architecture can be produced just as quickly, cheaply and efficiently by using computer production methods to get the slight variation, the self-similarity. Charles Jencks
If you look at music, you see theme, variation, you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure, and these are related to skills in the real world. Dave Van Ronk
The older the layers, the more each of them is uniform over a great extent; the newer the layers, the more they are limited and subject to variation within small distances. Georges Cuvier
Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. Bill Gates