• A related but distinct thing.

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

  • (music) A technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration; but with some invariant characteristic, e.g. a ground bass.
  • The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing
  • (board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
  • (nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north. Also called magnetic declination.

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