"variance" in the noun sense
1. discrepancy, variance, variant
an event that departs from expectations
2. division, variance
discord that splits a group
the second moment around the mean the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value
4. discrepancy, disagreement, divergence, variance
a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
"a growing divergence of opinion"
5. variability, variableness, variance
the quality of being subject to variation
an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation
"a zoning variance"
7. variation, variance
an activity that varies from a norm or standard
"any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
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