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variance

var·i·ance

variance

pronunciation:
veIr i ns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act, quality, or state of being different, divergent, or variable, or something having this quality.
synonyms:
difference, disparity
similar words:
contrariety, contrast, discrepancy, dissidence, divergence, diversity, irregular, variation
definition 2: in statistics, a measure of the divergence of a set of data from the average value, derived as the mean of the squares of the deviations of individual values from the average.
similar words:
deviation
definition 3: a difference between what is expected and the actual value or occurrence.
synonyms:
difference, discrepancy
similar words:
anomaly, deviation, disagreement, disparity, divergence, incongruity, irregularity
definition 4: an official permit to do something that is normally forbidden, esp. by zoning or building laws.
definition 5: a dispute or disagreement.
synonyms:
difference, disagreement
antonyms:
agreement
similar words:
bicker, conflict, contention, dispute, dissension, division, misunderstanding, quarrel
definition 6: in physics or chemistry, the number of independent thermodynamic variables required to specify equilibrium in a given system.
definition 7: in law, a discrepancy between two parts of a legal proceeding which should agree if they are to have legal force.