• WordNet 3.6
    • n variety noticeable heterogeneity "a diversity of possibilities","the range and variety of his work is amazing"
    • n variety a difference that is usually pleasant "he goes to France for variety","it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
    • n variety a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality "sculpture is a form of art","what kinds of desserts are there?"
    • n variety a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
    • n variety (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics "varieties are frequently recognized in botany"
    • n variety a collection containing a variety of sorts of things "a great assortment of cars was on display","he had a variety of disorders","a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 200 varieties of watermelons are grown in the U.S
    • Variety A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks.
    • Variety An individual, or group of individuals, of a species differing from the rest in some one or more of the characteristics typical of the species, and capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species.
    • Variety In inorganic nature, one of those forms in which a species may occur, which differ in minor characteristics of structure, color, purity of composition, etc.
    • Variety Something varying or differing from others of the same general kind; one of a number of things that are akin; a sort; as, varieties of wood, land, rocks, etc.
    • Variety (Theaters) Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the production of, or performance in, variety shows. "All sorts are here that all the earth yields! Variety without end.""But see in all corporeal nature's scene,
      What changes, what diversities , have been!"
    • Variety That which is various.
    • Variety The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness. "Variety is nothing else but a continued novelty.""The variety of colors depends upon the composition of light.""For earth hath this variety from heaven.""There is a variety in the tempers of good men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Germany produces more than 5,000 varieties of beer and has about 1,300 breweries in country
    • n variety In agriculture and horticulture, a group of cultivated plants which have the same characteristics. All plants which have been widely cultivated have given rise to many different forms and these are in general known as varieties. Illustrations are the varieties of strawberries, apples, corn, wheat, cotton, etc. ‘Variety,’ in this sense, is thus a generic word including races, strains, and clons. See race, 5 , strain, 1 , and clon.
    • n variety In petrography, in the quantitative classification of igneous rocks (see rock), a division of a mode which recognizes the presence of subordinate mineral components.
    • n variety The state or character of being varied or various; intermixture of different things, or of things different in form, or a succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness; absence of monotony or uniformity; dissimilitude.
    • n variety Exhibition of different characteristics by one individual; many-sidedness; versatility.
    • n variety Variation; deviation; change.
    • n variety A collection of different things; a varied assortment.
    • n variety Something differing from others of the same general kind; one of many things which agree in their general features; a sort; a kind: as, varieties of rock, of wood, of land, of soil; to prefer one variety of cloth to another.
    • n variety In biology, with special reference to classification: A subspecies; a subdivision of a species; an individual animal or plant which differs, or collectively those individuals which differ, from the rest of its or their species, in certain recognizable particulars which are transmissible, and constant to a degree, yet which are not specifically distinctive, since they intergrade with the characters of other members of the same species; a race, especially a climatic or geographical race which arises without man's interference. See species, 5. As the biological conception of species excludes the notion of special creation, or of any original fixation of specific distinctions, so the same conception regards varieties as simply nascent species which may or may not be established; if established, varieties have become species in the process, as soon as the steps of that process are obliterated. A variety has in itself the making of a species, and all species are supposed to have thus been made. The distinction being always in degree only, and never in kind, the actual recognition of both varieties and species for the purposes of classification, nomenclature, and description is largely a matter of tact and experience. See trinomialism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
    • n Variety va-rī′e-ti the quality of bring various: difference: many-sidedness, versatility: a collection of different things: one of a number of things nearly allied to each other: one or more individuals of a species, which, owing to accidental causes, differ from the normal form in minor points
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  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Felix Mendelssohn
    “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.”
  • Lynn Barber
    Lynn Barber
    “The best interviews -- like the best biographies -- should sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.”
  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. varietas,: cf. F. variété,. See Various
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. varietasvarius, various.


In literature:

It is a wonderfully rich valley in a great variety of products.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
The field of zoology is a wider one than that of botany, presenting a far greater variety of type and structure.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Will future varieties of wheat and other grain produce heavier crops than our present varieties?
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Teach them also to acquire a liking for as large a variety of food as possible.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
It fluctuates in extent a good deal from time to time, and always presents the spectacle of pleasing variety.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
In general, they are suited to a larger variety of soils and condition than perhaps any other varieties.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Another variety, closely hugging the earth, twists about like a vegetable serpent.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The conducing of variety towards unity of subjection.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
Lastly, Variety: Variety is never so conspicuous, as when it is united with symmetry.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
The nests and eggs of this pale variety probably do not differ in any respect from those of the better known varieties.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed

In poetry:

This was my comfort when I bore
Variety of grief;
It made me learn thy word the more,
And fly to that relief.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
At length the Judge his throne ascends,
Divides the rebels from his friends,
And saints in full fruition prove
His rich variety of love.
"Hymn 147" by Isaac Watts
Then if, when I have loved my round,
Thou prov'st the pleasant she,
With spoils of meaner beauties crowned
I laden will return to thee,
Ev'n sated with variety.
"The Scrutiny" by Richard Lovelace
Not twice alike! I am not blind,
My sight is live to see;
And yet I do complain of thy
Weary variety.
O Sun! I ask thee less or more,
Change not at all, or utterly!
"To The Sinking Sun" by Francis Thompson
See French and Italian spread out on her lap ;
Then Dancing springs up, and skips into a gap ;
Next Drawing and all its varieties come,
Sewed down in their place by her finger and thumb.
"Accomplishment" by Jane Taylor
Both joy and sorrow come from Thee,
Who in our life's variety
Dost good with seeming evil blend:
Thou wakest peace from suffering,
And sadness and affliction bring
Sweet hope and blessing in the end.
"Adversity salutary" by John Bowring

In news:

Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Thursday its 7-Up varieties that tout antioxidants will be off the market by early 2013.
Her favorite variety of the summer apples is Lodi.
Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a variety of non-credit classes in October.
Google is starting to act like your garden-variety monopoly, says Fortune's Brent Schlender.
The trick to cooking farro, a variety of wheat cultivated in Italy, is to boil it in lots of salted water, as with pasta.
Asking Price for Variety.
'Sábado Gigante' Celebrates 50 With Lots Of Variety.
His pints save the lives of many others in need -- that is, those of the canine variety.
Homemade breadcrumbs offer a variety of flavor.
Jimmy Brogan , a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will headline San Clemente Military Family Outreach's Encore Variety Show October 27 at the San Clemente Community Center.
A rich variety of agencies watches over—or just watches—the nation.
They are members of the Village Varieties 4-H Club of North Benton.
Add 9 performed a variety of pieces in front of almost 2,000 new students and their families.
John Wellington, Kristen Galewood and Donny Anderson want to show you their sketches, but not the art gallery variety.
A very hungry caterpillar works his way through holes cut into the pages as he eats a variety of food, spins his cocoon, and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

In science:

Thus φ defines a K point on the Severi-Brauer variety of B ′ ⊗T B ′ which can be identified with a K point of the Severi Brauer variety of B ⊗K B .
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
An Arakelov variety is a pair X = (X, hX ) of an arithmetic variety X and an F∞ -invariant K¨ahler metric hX on X (C).
Higher arithmetic K-theory
Each i ⊂ X s is isomorphic to the flag variety of Gs as a Gs -variety.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
Then W acts freely on M (W ) = Cn \ ∪H ∈AHC , and, by , N (W ) = M (W )/W is the complement in Cn of an algebraic variety, D(W ), called discriminantal variety of type W .
Artin groups of spherical type up to isomorphism
Imbedding of an abstract variety in a complete variety. J.
The deformation theory of representations of the fundamental group of a smooth variety