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Variety appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "No IT acolyte," I rave, "notes I set one variety location."
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Definition of the noun variety

What does variety mean as a name of something?

Variety is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: varieties

  1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  2. noticeable heterogeneity
  3. (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics
  4. a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of variety: variety show
    • more generic word: show = a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
    • more specific terms:
      • minstrel show = a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
      • review / revue = a variety show with topical sketches and songs and dancing and comedians
      • music hall / vaudeville = a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
  5. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of variety: form / kind / sort
    • more generic word: category = a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
    • more specific terms:
  6. a difference that is usually pleasant
    • example: he goes to France for variety
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of variety: change
    • more generic word: difference = the quality of being unlike or dissimilar

Alternative definition of the noun variety


  1. A specific variation of something
  2. A state of constant change
  3. [taxonomy] A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
  4. [cybernetics] The total number of distinct states of a system.
  5. [cybernetics] Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
  6. [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.
  7. [algebra] The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.


  1. "Variety" a.k.a. "Jealousy" is a 1925 silent film directed by Ewald André Dupont.
  2. "Variety" is a 1984 film directed by Bette Gordon.
  3. "Variety" is a 1935 British musical film directed by Adrian Brunel and starring George Carney, Barry Livesey, Sam Livesey. The film follows a revue show format, with a number of performers playing themselves. It was made at Cricklewood Studios.

Phrases with Variety

  1. Variety As
  2. Variety Lo
  3. Variety so
  4. Variety Act
  5. Variety Ara
  6. Variety Car
  7. Variety Dia
  8. Variety Iso
  9. Variety Pan
  10. Variety Poa
  11. Variety Zea
  12. Variety Acer
  13. Variety Aira
  14. Variety Chen
  15. Variety Cora
  16. Variety Geum
  17. Variety Ilex
  18. Variety Iris
  19. variety meat
  20. Variety Oreo

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Variety

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Google previewBreeding Rice for Drought-prone Environments (2003)

This is done by screening a diverse set of lines both in the SE and in the TPE, and estimating rG between variety means in the two sets of environments. There are several methods for calculating rG between a selection and target environment.

Google previewPhilosophical Writings of Peirce (1940)

by Charles S. Peirce

A second variety is a Replica of a Dicent Indexical Legisign. Thus any given street cry, since its tone and theme identifies the individual, is not a symbol, but an Indexical Legisign; and any individual instance of it is a Replica of it which is a ...

Google previewMedical and Surgical Reporter (1886)

variety is the result of circumscribed patches, not of the entire lumen of the vessel, but localized, circumscribed patches giving rise to a loss of...

The fusiform variety is that which results in a distension of all pre-existing tunics ...

Google previewCox Rings (2014)

by Ivan Arzhantsev, Ulrich Derenthal, Jürgen Hausen, Antonio Laface

variety is a topological space X with a sheaf O of K-valued functions such that X is isomorphic to a Zariski-closed subset of Kn endowed with the induced topology and the sheaf of regular functions, that is, functions being locally a ...

Google previewThe Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery (1845)

The second variety is the acute fibrous or fascial rheumatism, where the inflammation attacks chiefly the fibrous textures, the fasciae between the muscles , the aponeuroses, the periosteum, and the fibrous coverings of the viscera, more ...

Google previewInorganic Chemistry (2006)

by Michelle Davidson

The black variety is a poisonous powder; insoluble in water, alcohol, and nitric acid, soluble in sodium sulfide solution; sublimes at 583°C; used as a pigment.

Google previewMethods in Product Design (2016)

New Strategies in Reengineering by Ali K. Kamrani, Maryam Azimi, Abdulrahman M. Al-Ahmari

From these, the external variety is the one that is seen by the customers. The external variety is...

profit, although excessive product variety is a major problem since it adds cost and complexity to the system (Christiansen 2003). Therefore ...

Google previewDelphi Complete Works of Aristotle (Illustrated) (2013)

by Aristotle

The largest of all crabs is one nicknamed Maia, a second variety is the pagarus and the crab of Heracleotis , and a third variety is the freshwater crab; the other varieties are smaller in size ...

Google previewSpatial Choices and Processes (2013)

by M.M. Fischer, P. Nijkamp, Y.Y. Papageorgiou

Structural variety is the variety that is present within a set of choice alternatives, whereas temporal variety is implied by...

whereas temporal variety refers to variety in choice at different choice occasions.

Google previewMotion in Games (2009)

Second International Workshop, MIG 2009, Zeist, The Netherlands, November 21-24, 2009 by Arjan Egges, Roland Geraerts, Mark Overmars

Variety Is the Spice of (Virtual) Life Carol O'Sullivan GV2: Graphics, Vision and Visualisation Group Trinity College Dublin Abstract. Before an environment can be populated with characters, a set of models must first be acquired and prepared.

Google previewThe Variety in the Lexicon of Rap and Gospel (2011)

by Kim Vahnenbruck

com/en/e-book/165209/the-variety- in-the-lexicon-of-rap-and-gospel Kim Vahnenbruck The Variety in the Lexicon of ...

Google previewDictionary (2005)

by Claus Peter Zoller

variety of Indus Kohistani. A minority comprises lemmata from the ˇS ̄at. ̄ot. ̄ı (ˇS) variety (plus a few from the Seo (S) variety) of Indus Kohistani and from the adjacent languages Gab ̄ar ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

Big Data is the data sets whose volume, variety, velocity and complexity make it impossible for current relational databases and architectures to store and manage it. Big Data is not about the content that is created, nor is it about consumption ...

Google previewA Grammar and Dictionary of Indus Kohistani (2005)

by Claus Peter Zoller

variety of Indus Kohistani. A minority comprises lemmata from the ˇS ̄at. ̄ot. ̄ı(ˇS) variety (plus a few from the Seo (S) variety) of Indus Kohistaniand from the adjacentlanguages Gab ̄ar ( G) ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2013)

by Robert S. Igoe

It exists as a sweet or bitter variety, with the sweet variety being used as edible nuts and the bitter variety being used as a source of almond oil. The obtainable forms range from whole nuts to slices to powder. The nuts are used as snacks, as a ...

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Quotes about Variety

There is taste in variety, and variety in taste.
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Scrabble value of V4A1R1I1E1T1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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