|1.||[ noun ] the quality of being subject to variation|
|Related terms:||invariability invariability changeableness variegation variedness|
|2.||[ noun ] a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions|
|Synonyms:||discrepancy disagreement divergence|
"a growing divergence of opinion"
|Related terms:||difference difference allowance|
|3.||[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value|
|Related terms:||moment standard_deviation covariance statistics|
|4.||[ noun ] discord that splits a group|
|5.||[ noun ] an event that departs from expectations|
|Related terms:||deviation deviate|
|6.||[ noun ] an activity that varies from a norm or standard|
"any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
|Related terms:||activity radioactivity deviate|