"variant" in the noun sense
1. discrepancy, variance, variant
an event that departs from expectations
2. form, variant, strain, var.
biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
"a new strain of microorganisms"
3. random variable, variate, variant, stochastic variable, chance variable
a variable quantity that is random
4. version, variant, variation, edition
something a little different from others of the same type
"an experimental version of the night fighter"
"a variant of the same word"
"an emery wheel is the modern variation of a grindstone"
"the boy is a younger edition of his father"
"variant" in the adjective sense
differing from a norm or standard
"a variant spelling"
exhibiting variation and change
"letters variant in size"
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