Definition - variance

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  1. an activity that varies from a norm or standard; "any variation in his routine was immediately reported"
  2. an official dispensation to act contrary to a rule or regulation (typically a building regulation); "a zoning variance"
  3. the quality of being subject to variation
  4. a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions; "a growing divergence of opinion"
  5. the second moment around the mean; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value
  6. discord that splits a group
  7. an event that departs from expectations

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