from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or exhibiting variation; differing.
- adj. Tending or liable to vary; variable.
- adj. Deviating from a standard, usually by only a slight difference.
- n. Something that differs in form only slightly from something else, as a different spelling or pronunciation of the same word.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Showing variety, diverse.
- adj. Showing deviation or disagreement.
- adj. Variable.
- n. Something that is slightly different from a type or norm.
- n. A different sequence of a gene (locus).
- n. A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Varying in form, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse.
- adj. Changeable; changing; fickle.
- n. Something which differs in form from another thing, though really the same
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Different; diverse; having a different form or character: as, a variant form or spelling of a word.
- Variable; varying; changing; inconstant.
- Unsettled; restless.
- n. Something that is substantially the same, though in a different form; in ctym., a variant form or spelling of the same original word; in lit, a different reading or spelling.
- n. In biology, a term introduced by Barrande to express a departure from the type of a species showing contemporaneous secondary modification of form and surface features, and contrasted with the variety, in which the principal characters of the species are retained accompanied by departures in one or more primary modifications. The distinction is obscure and has not been generally adopted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a variable quantity that is random
- n. something a little different from others of the same type
- adj. exhibiting variation and change
- adj. differing from a norm or standard
- n. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
- n. an event that departs from expectations
The term variant has been used loosely; other related terminology used is aliasing, sameness, and so forth.
It turns out that the government gamed the sales figures; counting each drivetrain variant under the same model separately.
Even something like the Thunderbolts #128 Headsman variant is getting $35 in some places.
Even older variants, like the Ultimate Spider-Man #1 white variant is worth like three times the price of the standard cover coming in at about $300 a pop.
Jessica, that thought about the translation of the subjunctive to be more remote than the habria variant is interesting, especially given the number of times in English we might say “could” or “might” in these situations.
For every 10 copies of Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods #1 ordered, retailers will receive a limited edition virgin variant cover signed by writer Luke Lieberman at no extra cost.
Next, this variant is easily relatable to “no end of”; there is no “to no end of”.
Yet, socialism, particulalry its Marxist variant is an ideology that emphasizes the leading role of the working class or dictatorship of the proletariat.
A fairly common poker variant is to have the Ace be high and low, meaning it can be “better” (higher) in value than the King (as normal), and simultaneously lower than 2.
There are also single volume editions such as Shorter Christian Prayer (which only contains Lauds and Vespers) or Christian Prayer which includes more of the hours, but in a more inexpensive, single volume edition -- another similar variant is this edition of Christian Prayer (published by Paulist Press) which is better laid out for recitation in my estimation.
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