Va·ry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varied p. pr. & vb. n. Varying.]
1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.
Shall we vary our device at will,
Even as new occasion appears? --Spenser.
2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
Gods, that never change their state,
Vary oft their love and hate. --Waller.
We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies. --Dryden.
3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversify; to variegate.
God hath varied their inclinations. --Sir T. Browne.
God hath here
Varied his bounty so with new delights. --Milton.
4. Mus. To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
Va·ry·ing, a. & n. from Vary.
Varying hare Zool., any hare or rabbit which becomes white in winter, especially the common hare of the Northern United States and Canada.
adj : marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of
roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable" [syn: variable]