var·i·ant /ˈvɛriənt, ˈvær-/
var·i·ant /ˈvɛrɪənt, ˈvær-/ 形容詞
1. Varying in form, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse.
2. Changeable; changing; fickle. [Obs.]
He is so variant, he abit [abides] nowhere. --Chaucer.
Va·ri·ant n. 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.
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,
variate, stochastic variable, chance 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"; "the boy is
a younger edition of his father" [syn: version, variation,