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Definitions of variety

  1. 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
  2. noticeable heterogeneity; "a diversity of possibilities"; "the range and variety of his work is amazing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (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
  5. Such entertainment as in given in variety shows; the production of, or performance in, variety shows. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. That which is various. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment; as, a variety of cottons and silks. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The state of being varied; diversity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A collection of diverse things; a subdivision of a species. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.
  17. See under vary. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. 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.
  19. Varietal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for variety

  1. There was no want of spirit or of variety in the dancing at Morrison's. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The angle plates may be used for a variety of purposes where it is necessary to true a surface standing at a true right angle to another. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
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