• WordNet 3.6
    • adj variant differing from a norm or standard "a variant spelling"
    • adj variant exhibiting variation and change "letters variant in size"
    • n variant something a little different from others of the same type "an experimental version of the night fighter","a variant of the same word","an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone","the boy is a younger edition of his father"
    • n variant a variable quantity that is random
    • n variant an event that departs from expectations
    • n variant (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups "a new strain of microorganisms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Variant Changeable; changing; fickle. "He is so variant , he abit [abides] nowhere."
    • n Variant 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.
    • Variant Varying in form, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n variant 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.
    • variant Different; diverse; having a different form or character: as, a variant form or spelling of a word.
    • variant Variable; varying; changing; inconstant.
    • variant Unsettled; restless.
    • n variant 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Variant a different form of the same original word: a different reading, e.g. in a manuscript
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. varians, p. pr. of variare, to change: cf. F. variant,. See Vary


In literature:

The Pagoda might be an erroneous variant of the thunderbolt Vadjra.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
There was a little mild sensation, and sensation is an agreeable variant of the dulness of grey and monotonous years.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
The variants are practically infinite.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
This is an unpublished variant of the "Jackal and the Crocodile" (Temple, "Wide-awake Stories," 243).
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
When two variants can be precisely measured, the ratio of the variation may be ascertained by the Method of Single Difference.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
He had bluntly advised me to fall in love with a few variant types.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Indeed, there are many variant stories concerning her.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
The song is but a variant on that of Catullus.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
What he told me, with slight variants, was the story of all the men there and all the men who had been there but who had died.
"Tiger Cat" by David H. Keller
The best known example of this variant of the tale is the story of Bheki, in Sanskrit.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang

In poetry:

She goes, and each that takes her place,
A variant of light love and ease,
A soft note 'mid deep harmonies,
Leaves in the memory of her face
Dreams her successor shall erase.
"In The Cafe " by E J Rupert Atkinson
The Celt in all his variants from Builth to Ballyhoo,
His mental processes are plain—one knows what he will do,
And can logically predicate his finish by his start;
But the English—ah, the English!—they are quite a race apart.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Researchers have identified a genetic variant that seems to put men who are heavy drinkers at high risk of developing chronic pancreatitis .
The AgustaWestland AW119 Koala and variants of the Eurocopter EC155 are the latest helicopters to be added to the list of aircraft for which Tanis Aircraft Products offers preheat systems.
Cons Can't import as many formats as other variants on the codebase.
This year, at least 145 people have become sick with H3N2 variant influenza -- most after exposure to pigs at agricultural fairs.
Wagon variant spotted testing at Germany's Nurburgring Photo Gallery.
Wagon variant spotted testing at Germany's Nurburgring.
" Variant " Flu Virus Detected.
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2014 Fiat 500 gets electric variant for Los Angeles Auto Show.
Jeff Lemire to provide variant cover to Harbinger #8.
In the first group of 811 individuals, they looked for 52 gene variants in both the donors and the recipients.
Only one gene appeared to be associated with kidney failure – a particular variant of MDR-1.
Overall, the variant was linked with a 69 percent increased risk for long-term transplant failure.
Research by Alienvault Labs has found a variant of the Sykipot Trojan that can be used to compromise the Defense Department's Common Access Cards.

In science:

Then the algorithm is adapted for the variant of the model with random signs.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
The above calculations could be adapted to the variant of the model (see Sec. 1) defined by a parameter a ∈ [0, 1] where the non-zero elements of the random matrix are +1 with probability a and −1 with probability 1 − a.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
In Sec. 1, we have defined a variant of the model where the non-zero elements of the random matrix have a random sign: +1 with probability a and −1 with probability 1− a.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
If we consider the variant of the model with random signs (see Sec. 1), the same arguments apply.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
The upper bound on the mixing time is achieved via an estimate of a weighted variant of the Cheeger constant which was introduced by Lov`asz and Kannan .
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster