(Latin: different, diversity, change, changing)
Believed by some etymologists to be from varus, "bent, knock-kneed; to bend, to turn, to twist".
2. Fur that was used in heraldry to represented interlockig rows of shield-shaped or bell-shaped figures that are alternately blue and white; as, a tincture.
3. Etymology: from Middle English via Old French; from Latin varius, "changing, diverse".
2. In mathematics, a quantity which can have any one of a set of values or a symbol that represents such a quantity or a number which can change depending on the other numbers in an equation.
2. Characteristic of something that is able, or liable, to change suddenly and unpredictably, or likely to change often: The stock market has variable investments with profits going up and then down, often as a result of statements made by certain government agencies.
3. Descriptive of anything that is inconsistent or uneven in quality or performance; not always the same: Joan's savings account has a variable interest rate which fluctuates daily.
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Contrasted with a fixed-speed turbine, which has a virtually constant rotor speed; typically a 1-2% variation.
The weather changed variably, with wind and rain, making their bike tour very difficult!
2. The difference between two or more things: Joe and his wife noticed a variance in the quality of fabric of the curtains they were interested in buying; one was very thin, translucent, and light weight; while the other one was heavier, quite densely woven, and kept the daylight out.
3. A disagreement of ideas or attitudes: The building project was being delayed because of variances of opinions between the supervisors about how to proceed to the next phase.
4. An official decision or document which allows a person to do something that is not normally allowed in legal procedures: Mario had to obtain a variance from the court to connect a garage onto his house.
If there is evidence by a plaintiff which does not agree with the allegations by legal authorities, it is considered to be a legal variance.5. Etymology: from French via Latin variatia, "a difference, a diversity"; from variantem, "a change".