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variance

noun uk   /ˈveə.ri.əns/ us    /ˈver.i-/
[C or U] formal the fact that two or more things are different, or the amount or number by which they are different: There has been some unusual variance in temperature this month. I could detect subtle variances in fragrance as we strolled through the garden. [C] US specialized law official permission to do something that is not normally allowed: We had to get a (zoning) variance before we could build the extension on our house.be at variance with sb/sth to be in disagreement with someone or something, or to be different from him, her, or it: Young people's reactions to world events are often at variance with those of their parents. Most heavy metal fans are under 20 - this is at variance with the age of the bands themselves, who are often over 40.
Translations of “variance”
in Chinese (Traditional) 分歧, 不同, 差異…
in Chinese (Simplified) 分歧, 不同, 差异…
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