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variation

noun
     
Related topics: Music
var‧i‧a‧tion W2
1 [uncountable and countable] a difference between similar things, or a change from the usual amount or form of something
variation of
White bread is really just a variation of French bread.
variation in
variations in the quality of the rugs
variation among
There is a great deal of variation among the responses.
variation between
The study concluded that the variation between the CD players was very small.
2 [countable] something that is done in a way that is different from the way it is usually done:
Most of his poems are variations on the theme of love.
3 [countable]APM one of a set of short pieces of music, each based on the same simple tune:
Bach's Goldberg variations

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