variant has definitions from the fields of mathematics,biology
1
[ adjective ] differing from a norm or standard

Examples

"a variant spelling"

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Since the Protestant clergy for_the_most_part wear gray or some variant from the wholly black suit , my Roman_collar and black garb usually identify me in England as a Roman_Catholic cleric .

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different

2
[ noun ] an event that departs from expectations

Used in print

(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)

The reader , observing this process , might ask `` why not be different '' ? and find in the answer a license to be a variant of the human species .

Related terms

deviation deviate

3
[ noun ] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

Synonyms

strain var. form

Examples

"a new strain of microorganisms"

4
[ noun ] (mathematics) a variable quantity that is random

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variable vary

5
[ noun ] something a little different from others of the same type

Examples

"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"

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type change

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