Meaning of VARIANCE in English



Pronunciation: ' ver- ē - ə n(t)s

Function: noun

Date: 14th century

1 : the fact, quality, or state of being variable or variant : DIFFERENCE , VARIATION <yearly variance in crops>

2 : the fact or state of being in disagreement : DISSENSION , DISPUTE

3 : a disagreement between two parts of the same legal proceeding that must be consonant

4 : a license to do some act contrary to the usual rule <a zoning variance >

5 : the square of the standard deviation

synonyms see DISCORD

– at variance : not in harmony or agreement

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.