A variation is a slight difference or change in the qualities of an object, concept or act. A variation is any form of minor alteration in the status of a thing, while still being recognized as related to the original.
Variation from a concept generally leaves the object distinct but still related to the original. Changes are minor but distinguish the object as notably different from the original. A variation can also be defined as something that differs or deviates from a set standard or norm, such as through mutation or modification. The word has its origins in the Latin word "variatio."