var·i·ance /ˈvɛriən(t)s, ˈvær-/
1. The quality or state of being variant; change of condition; variation.
2. Difference that produces dispute or controversy; disagreement; dissension; discord; dispute; quarrel.
That which is the strength of their amity shall prove the immediate author of their variance. --Shak.
3. Law A disagreement or difference between two parts of the same legal proceeding, which, to be effectual, ought to agree, -- as between the writ and the declaration, or between the allegation and the proof.
At variance, in disagreement; in a state of dissension or controversy; at enmity. “What cause brought him so soon at variance with himself?”
n 1: an event that departs from expectations [syn: discrepancy,
2: discord that splits a group [syn: division]
3: the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the
square of the deviations of a random variable from its
4: a difference between conflicting facts or claims or
opinions; "a growing divergence of opinion" [syn: discrepancy,
5: the quality of being subject to variation [syn: variability,
variableness] [ant: invariability, invariability]
6: an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any
variation in his routine was immediately reported" [syn: variation]