• Variety


    • enPR: vÉ™-rÄ«'É™-ti, IPA: /vəˈraɪ.É™.ti/

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    From French varieté, from Latin varietās ("difference, diversity"), from varius ("different, various"); see various.

    Full definition of variety



    (plural varieties)
    1. A specific variation of something.
    2. A number of different things.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity Chapter 4, One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
      • 2013-01, Katie L. Burke, Ecological Dependency, In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.
    3. A state of constant change.
    4. (taxonomy) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
    5. (cybernetics) The total number of distinct states of a system.
    6. (cybernetics) Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
    7. (linguistics) A term used for a specific form of a language, neutral to whether that form is a dialect, accent, register, etc. and to its prestige level.
    8. (algebra, esp. universal algebra) The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.



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