variant


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Variant \Va"ri*ant\, n. [Cf. F. variante.]
   Something which differs in form from another thing, though
   really the same; as, a variant from a type in natural
   history; a variant of a story or a word.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Variant \Va"ri*ant\, a. [L. varians, p. pr. of variare to
   change: cf. F. variant. See Vary.]
   1. Varying in form, character, or the like; variable;
      different; diverse.
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   2. Changeable; changing; fickle. [Obs.]
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            He is so variant, he abit [abides] nowhere.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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