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Definitions of variety

  1. a special kind of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new variety of sheep" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a difference that is usually pleasant; "he goes to France for variety"; "it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differe from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics; "varieties are frequently recognized in botany" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the production of, or performance in, variety shows. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. That which is various. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A collection of unlike objects; an individual differing in some details from others of the same general class or kind; a sort; in biology, the group of next lower rank than a species; lack of sameness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Varietal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. In botany and zoology, a subdivision of a species. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. The quality of being various: difference: 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Difference; diversity; number of different things; division less marked than a species; object differing from others of its kind. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. The state of being varied; diversity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A collection of diverse things; a subdivision of a species. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A difference; dissimilitude; diversity; many and different kinds; a group subordinate to a species, differing from the rest of the species in certain features, due to particular causes, but less permanent than the specific; a different sort. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. See under vary. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. An intermixture of things different in form or quality; many and different kinds; a succession of different things; in nat. hist., a subordinate division of a species, distinguished by some accidental or unimportant differences; a different sort. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. va-r[=i]'e-ti, n. 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:--pl. VAR[=I]'ETIES.--adj. V[=A]R[=I]'ETAL (biol.), having the character of a zoological or botanical variety.--adv. VAR[=I]'ETALLY.--ns. VAR[=I]'ETY-SHOW, a mixed entertainment comprising dances, songs, negro-minstrelsy, farces, short sketches, &c.; VAR[=I]'ETY-TH[=E]'ATRE, a theatre devoted to variety-shows.--adj. V[=A]'RIFORM, varied in form.--v.t. V[=A]'RIFY, to variegate. [L. varietas--varius, various.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Being various, diversity, absence of monotony or uniformity, many-sidedness, as was struck by the v. of his attainments, of his conversation, of the scene, London has for me the charm of v., cannot live without v.; collection of different things, as turned over a v. of silks, for a v. of reasons, v. entertainment or show (consisting of dances, songs, acrobatic feats, &c.), v. theatre (for v. shows &c.); (specimen, member, of a) class of things differing in some common qualities from the rest of a larger class to which they belong; (Biol.) individual or group usually fertile with any other member of the species to which it belongs but differing from the type in some qualities capable of perpetuation, subspecies, as climatic v. (produced by climatic influences), geographical v. (confined to given area), whence varietal a., varietally adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. Varieties, with Darwin and others, are species in process of formation ; incipient species ; when rendered very distinct from each other, they take the rank of Species ; and this apparently is all that can be said by way of definition. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  28. n. Quality of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; — difference; unlikeness :—variation ; deviation a number or collection of different things ;—something varying or differing from others of the some general kind a subdivision of a species. Cabinet Dictionary

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