Definition of variance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈveəriəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈveriəns//
, NAmE//ˈværiəns//
[uncountable, countable] (formal)
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  • the amount by which something changes or is different from something else variance in temperature a note with subtle variances of pitch
  • Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin variantia ‘difference’, from the verb variare, from varius ‘diverse’.Idioms
    at variance (with somebody/something)
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    (formal) disagreeing with or opposing somebody/something These conclusions are totally at variance with the evidence. He uttered a string of oaths, so oddly at variance with his usual smooth and civilized manner.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: variance