Definitions for: Variant

[n] something a little different from others of the same type; "an experimental version of the night fighter"; "an emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone"
[n] a variable quantity that is random
[n] an event that departs from expectations
[n] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
[adj] differing from a norm or standard; "a variant spelling"

Webster (1913) Definition: Va"ri*ant, a. [L. varians, p. pr. of variare to
change: cf. F. variant. See Vary.]
1. Varying in from, character, or the like; variable;
different; diverse.

2. Changeable; changing; fickle. [Obs.]

He is variant, he abit [abides] nowhere. --Chaucer.

Va"ri*ant, n. [Cf. F. variante.]
Something which differs in form from another thing, though
really the same; as, a variant from a type in natural
history; a variant of a story or a word.

Synonyms: chance variable, different, discrepancy, form, random variable, stochastic variable, strain, var., variance, variate, variation, version

See Also: departure, deviation, difference, divergence, species, taxon, taxonomic group, type, variable, variable quantity

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