• WordNet 3.6
    • v vary become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence "her mood changes in accordance with the weather","The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
    • v vary make something more diverse and varied "Vary the menu"
    • v vary be at variance with; be out of line with
    • v vary be subject to change in accordance with a variable "Prices vary","His moods vary depending on the weather"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The height of the Eiffel Tower in France varies , depending on the temperature, by as much as 6 inches.
    • n Vary Alteration; change.
    • Vary To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another. "While fear and anger, with alternate grace,
      Pant in her breast, and vary in her face."
    • Vary To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified; as, colors vary in different lights. "That each from other differs, first confess;
      Next, that he varies from himself no less."
    • Vary To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions. "Shall we vary our device at will,
      Even as new occasion appears?"
    • Vary To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate. "Gods, that never change their state, Vary oft their love and hate.""We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies."
    • Vary To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason.
    • Vary To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.
    • Vary To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion. "The rich jewel which we vary for."
    • Vary (Mus) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
    • Vary To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversify; to variegate. "God hath varied their inclinations.""God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Until very recently, no centipede was found that did not have an ODD number of leg pairs. Usually the number varies from 15 to 191 pairs, all odd. No one knows why. However, Chris Kettle, a doctoral student in ecology, recently found a centipede with 48 pairs of legs, an even number. The remarkable discovery was presented to the International Congress of Myriapodology in Poland and featured in the science journal Trends in Genetics. Mr. Kettle suspects a genetic mutation is responsible for the even number of leg pairs.
    • vary To change; alter: as, to vary the conditions of an experiment.
    • vary To diversify: modify; relieve from uniformity or monotony.
    • vary To change to something else; transmute.
    • vary To make of different kinds; make diverse or different one from another.
    • vary To express variously; diversify in terms or forms of expression.
    • vary In music, to embellish or alter (a melody or theme) without really changing its identity. See variation, 9.
    • vary To alter or be altered in any manner; suffer a partial change; appear in different or various forms; be modified; be changeable.
    • vary To differ or be different; be unlike or diverse: as, the laws of different countries vary.
    • vary To become unlike one's self; undergo variation, as in purpose or opinion.
    • vary To deviate; depart; swerve.
    • vary To alter or change in succession; foliow alternately; alternate.
    • vary To disagree; be at variance.
    • vary To turn out otherwise.
    • vary In math, analysis, to be subject to continual increase or decrease: as, a quantity conceived to vary, or have different values in the same equation. One quantity is said to vary directly as another when if the one is increased or diminished the other increases or diminishes in some definite proportion. Quantities vary inversely when if one is increased or diminished the other is proportionally diminished or increased.
    • vary In biology, to be varied or subject to variation, as by natural or artificial selection; exhibit variation. See variability, 2, variation, 8, and variety, 6.
    • n vary Alteration; change; variation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vary vā′ri to make different: to diversify, modify: :
    • v.i Vary to alter or be altered: to be or become different: to change in succession: to deviate (with from): to disagree:
    • n Vary (Shak.) change
    • v.t Vary vā′ri (mus.) to alter or embellish a melody, preserving its identity
    • v.t Vary vā′ri (Shak.) to express variously: to change to something else: to make of different kinds
    • v.i Vary (math.) to be subject to continual increase or decrease:—pa.t. and pa.p. vā′ried
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  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.”
  • Esther M. Clark
    Esther M. Clark
    “Give me one friend, just one, who meets The needs of all my varying moods.”
  • Bo Lozoff
    Bo Lozoff
    “We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.”
  • Rose Pastor Stokes
    Rose Pastor Stokes
    “Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary; I humbly pray to Heaven above that I love the man I marry.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts- the less you know the hotter you get.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius, various. See Various, and cf. Variate


In literature:

This has been found to vary very considerably in composition.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
There are seven finger-holes, one for the thumb, and a varying number of keys.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The banking laws of the states varied considerably.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Our order of march through Yunnan varied little from day to day.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Now focus the lens accurately on the film, cautiously vary the height of the dark ground condenser until the best position is found.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The seats in a theatre were, of course, not all equally good, and their prices varied accordingly.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
In Assyria, except towards the south where the two rivers begin to draw in towards each other, the plains are varied by gentle undulations.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The estimate procedure may, however, be somewhat varied, as to details, in accordance with the nature of the problem.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
As a rule, more than one part of the pelvis is broken, the situation of the lesions varying in different cases.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Their constitution varies greatly, according to the class provided for and the means available.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

In poetry:

The world may keep his honored name,
The wealth of all his varied powers;
A stronger claim has love than fame,
And he himself is only ours!
"Our Autocrat" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In vain a fresher mould we seek,--
Can all the varied phrases tell
That Babel's wandering children speak
How thrushes sing or lilacs smell?
"To My Readers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The dream grew troubled. Crowds went on,
And sought their varied ends;
Till stream on stream, the crowds had gone,
And swept away my friends.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Behold the semblance of thy flower!
I could not fill its leaves with dew,
Shew its tints varying with the hour,
Its motion as the zephyrs blew.
"Vignette - XV" by Matilda Betham
Happiest of all the happy swains
Are those who till thy fertile plains;
With freedom, peace, and plenty crown'd,
They see the varying year go round.
"Ode To Connecticut River" by Josias Lyndon Arnold
The high grass waves, with varied hues
Of wild flowers glowing 'mid the green;
The woods have caught a deeper shade,
And darkly skirt the distant scene.
"Memory" by Louisa Stuart Costello

In news:

Barrack 's backers hope his varied experience will give him an edge over rivals.
Blanch for 20 to 30 seconds (times can vary).
Open since spring, owner JoAnn Kargul uses varied background in everyday practice.
Braid 's varied career experiences include working as a School Trustee, Director of the BC Winter Games, President of the Rotary Club, and Coroner.
Their names are many and varied, and some of them are quite fancy.
As with any issue, your opinions vary on what the Detroit Lions should do -- if anything -- about cornerback Aaron Berry's second arrest in a month.
Through the distribution agreement , German customers will have direct local access to first-class sales, service, and support of Vari*Lite® sales products.
Rules for being wed vary state to state.
You can use any dried fruit s you like in varying amounts to your taste.
Opinions vary on why bowling participation has declined locally.
Prices vary for olive oils, from the familiar Star brand to the pricier Marques de Grinon, Cobram Estate and Bariani.
Experts sound warnings about varied offerings and health problems.
In the three school districts primarily composing the Tonawandas we are seeing, in varying degrees, the beginning of the end of education here as we know it.
Conditions varied widely in the rest of the state.
The Luxurious Bath Phenomenon is Causing Manufacturers to Vary the Options they Offer in the Bath by Ray Adams.

In science:

PROO F O F TH EOR EM 3 Since Fγ (x) is regularly varying, it must be in the form Fγ (x) = xd l(x) where l(x) is slowly It is easy to verify that lk (x) is slowly varying at 0.
Multi-User Diversity with Random Number of Users
Our results show that when w varies from 0 to 1, up to a computable scaling factor, forms of the type v ′ eΣv cover the range of v ′ [(1 − λ)Σ + λA]−1 v , for λ varying from 0 to 1, though of course λ is very different from w (and λ depends on the ellipticity of the data).
Geometric sensitivity of random matrix results: consequences for shrinkage estimators of covariance and related statistical methods
Hurst & Vassilicos (2007) also extracted decay exponents n from their data and showed how they vary continuously as the choice of virtual origin x0 varies (see their figure 10).
Dependence of decaying homogeneous isotropic turbulence on initial conditions
As g varies, z g−1 varies over all of zG ∩ CG (t) = zG ∩ H .
Automorphism groups of sporadic groups
By varying the overall surface density by fenhance while keeping the temperature profile fixed, we vary the disk Toomre’s Q-parameter, Q = Ωc/πGΣ.
The Structure of a Self-Gravitating Protoplanetary Disk and its Implications to Direct Imaging Observations