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Meaning of variant by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    • enPR: vâr'ē-ənt, IPA: /ˈvɛɹiənt/, X-SAMPA: /"vEri@nt/


    Recorded since c.1380, from Old French variant, from Latin variāns, the present active participle of variō ( “to change” ) .


    variant ( comparative more variant, superlative most variant )

    1. Showing variety, diverse .
    2. Showing deviation or disagreement .
    3. ( obsolete ) Variable .


    variant ( plural: variants )

    1. Something that is slightly different from a type or norm .
      All breeds of dog are variants of the species “Canis lupus familiaris” .
      "The word "kerosine" is a variant of “kerosene” .
    2. ( genetics ) A different sequence of a gene ( locus ) .
    3. ( computing ) A variable that can hold any of various unrelated data types .

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    See also

    • alternate
    • alternative

Explanation of variant by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. differing from a norm or standard

    2. a variant spelling
    3. exhibiting variation and change

    4. letters variant in size
    1. something a little different from others of the same type

    2. a variant of the same word
    3. a variable quantity that is random

    4. an event that departs from expectations

    5. a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    Definition of variant by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Variant a. [L. varians, p. pr. of variare to change: cf. F. variant. See Vary.]
      1. Varying in form, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse.

      2. Changeable; changing; fickle. [Obs.]

      He is so variant, he abit [abides] nowhere. Chaucer.

    2. Variant n. [Cf. F. variante.] 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.”