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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Variant  \Va"ri*ant\,  a.  [L.  varians,  p.  pr  of  variare  to 
  change:  cf  F.  variant.  See  {Vary}.] 
  1.  Varying  in  from  character,  or  the  like  variable; 
  different;  diverse. 
  2.  Changeable;  changing;  fickle.  [Obs.] 
  He  is  variant,  he  abit  [abides]  nowhere.  --Chaucer. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Variant  \Va"ri*ant\,  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 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  differing  from  a  norm  or  standard;  "a  variant  spelling" 
  n  1:  an  event  that  departs  from  expectations  [syn:  {discrepancy}, 
  2:  (biology)  a  group  of  organisms  within  a  species  that  differ 
  in  trivial  ways  from  similar  groups;  "a  new  strain  of 
  microorganisms"  [syn:  {form},  {strain},  {var.}] 
  3:  a  variable  quantity  that  is  random  [syn:  {random  variable}, 
  4:  something  a  little  different  from  others  of  the  same  type 
  "an  experimental  version  of  the  night  fighter";  "an  emery 
  wheel  is  a  modern  variant  of  the  grindstone"  [syn:  {version}, 

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