|1.||[ adjective ] differing from a norm or standard|
"a variant spelling"
|2.||[ noun ] an event that departs from expectations|
|Related terms:||deviation deviate|
|3.||[ noun ] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups|
|Synonyms:||strain var. form|
"a new strain of microorganisms"
|Related terms:||taxonomic_group species biology|
|4.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a variable quantity that is random|
|Synonyms:||random_variable stochastic_variable chance_variable variate|
|Related terms:||variable vary|
|5.||[ noun ] something a little different from others of the same type|
|Synonyms:||version variation edition|
"an experimental version of the night fighter" "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone" "the boy is a younger edition of his father"
|Related terms:||type change|