• WordNet 3.6
    • v variegate make something more diverse and varied "Vary the menu"
    • v variegate change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Variegate To diversify in external appearance; to mark with different colors; to dapple; to streak; as, to variegate a floor with marble of different colors. "The shells are filled with a white spar, which variegates and adds to the beauty of the stone."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • variegate To diversify by means of different tints or hues; mark with different colors in irregular patches; spot, streak, dapple, etc.: as, to variegate a floor with marble of different colors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Variegate vā′ri-e-gāt to mark with different colours
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. variegatus, p. p. of variegare, to variegate; varius, various + agere, to move, make. See Various, and Agent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. variegatusvarius, various, agĕre, to make.


In literature:

To what, then, are we to ascribe leaf variegation?
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
Every soul of the variegated company, big and little, was in a perspiration.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
In the evening, "brilliant illuminations" took place with transparencies and variegated lamps.
"Fragments of Two Centuries" by Alfred Kingston
Some of those we saw were quite white, others black, and others again variegated.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Distant clumps of trees, now that the variegated foliage adorns them, have a phantasmagorian, an apparition-like appearance.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
A variegated Agave may appropriately occupy the place, or some of the tall native wild ferns.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
It is principally cultivated for its variegated foliage; the leaves being striped, or variegated with white.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
They are woollen velvets, with variegated colors.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Here, also, was the Tattooed Man, and I grasped his variegated and decorative hand with an emotion I have rarely felt.
"Much Darker Days" by Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
A broad plain stretched far away to the left, beautifully variegated with green pastures, rich groves and fields of grain.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens

In poetry:

Bring flowers for the youthful throng,
Of variegated glow,
And twine of them a gaudy wreath
Around each childish brow.
"Flowers" by William James Jones
Pride taught him to find out a stand
Like man--a mansion rather grand;
In a large holly soon was seated,
Most beautiful and variegated.
"The Robin-Red-Breast" by William Hutton
Above the vines the mountain sides are blending
The oaks' and maples' multicolored glow,
In variegated zones their hues ascending
From radiant roses to eternal snow.
"Autumn In Meran" by John Lawson Stoddard
Adam. Now by these cooling shades,
The beauty of these plants,
By these delightful meadows,
These variegated flowers,
By the soft music of the rills and birds,
Let us sit down in joy!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper
Autumn! I love thy tinted looks,
Thy fading leaves, and rippling brooks,
And variegated flowers;
Thy cooling winds and wither'd grass,
Precursor of the stormy blast,
And fluctuating showers.
"Autumn" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
And the ghostly, creamy coloured little tree of leaves
white, ivory white among the rambling greens
how evanescent, variegated elder, she hesitates on the green grass
as if, in another moment, she would disappear
with all her grace of foam!
"Trees In The Garden" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Most forms of Chinese evergreen have variegated silver and green foliage.
Most grow strongly upright with long, straplike leaves variegated with white, cream, or red.
Variegated foam cushion capability for FIP system.
Check out 'Glamouflage Grape' and its unique, variegated foliage, which debuts at next month's California Spring Trials.
This outstanding variegated holly is a fine landscape evergreen that provides plenty of holiday decorating material.
She had a bag of variegated yarn and a crochet hook and had just started her first row.
What's Blooming in Paradise: Shell Ginger Variegated.
It is related to Aralias and there are many selections with green or variegated leaves.
Haze Gray ( Variegated ), All the Way.
" Variegation really brightens up a garden," says Silberstein, a horticulturist for the State of New Jersey who inspects plant nurseries for insects and disease.
Actually, disease is another way plants develop variegation .
Variegation is most commonly white or some sort of yellow.
The more popular varieties of holly olive have some sort of variegation of white or gold.
Variegation can be spots, blotches or more refined margins.
In some cases, he was absolutely right, especially when it comes to splotchy variegation such as those big yellow patches on the variegated ligularias or tovaras.

In science:

The result is a quite rich and somewhat intricate picture of different but often tightly connected models, certainly much more variegate than the way time modeling is usually faced in other fields of science and engineering.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
To help orienting in the variegate zoo, the optical photometric and spectroscopic properties of the different supernova types are presented in a number of summary figures.
Supernova types and rates
All these findings suggest that the color-magnitude sequence of clusters today (except the very brightest end of it) must be composed of a variegated population of galaxies that had a variety of star formation histories.
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
The task of the description of such a variegate structure relies in the research of a manifest form of coherent structure, in order to recognize a hierarchy of patterns over a wide range of time and/or length scales.
Complex dynamics of the biological rhythms: gallbladder and heart cases
Rather foolishly, perhaps, I decided to take a different tack for the Vancouver Conference and attempted to cover, albeit at a somewhat superficial level, all the variegated and multifaceted advances in the field presented at ICHEP 98.
Summary and Outlook