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n. a unit of electrical power in an AC circuit equal to the power dissipated when 1 volt produces a current of 1 ampere [syn: volt-ampere]

Var (department)

The Var is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in Provence in southeastern France. It takes its name from the river Var, which used to flow along its eastern boundary, but the boundary was moved in 1860. The Var is bordered on the east by the department of Alpes-Maritimes; to the west by Bouches-du-Rhône to the north of the Verdon River by the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and to the south by the Mediterranean Sea.

Toulon is the largest city and administrative capital of the Var. Other important towns in the Var include Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Draguignan, Brignoles, Hyères and La Seyne-sur-Mer.

The Var is known for the harbour of Toulon, the main port of the French Navy; for its seaside resorts, the most famous of which is Saint-Tropez; for some fine examples of Romanesque and medieval architecture, such as the Le Thoronet Abbey and Fréjus Cathedral; and for its wines, particularly the wines of Bandol.


In Norse mythology, Vár or Vór ( Old Norse, meaning either "pledge" or "beloved") is a goddess associated with oaths and agreements. Vár is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and kennings found in skaldic poetry and a runic inscription. Scholars have proposed theories about the implications of the goddess.

Var (river)

The Var (Latin Varus) is a river located in the southeast of France. The name Var originates from the Ligurian word for waterway.

The Var flows through the Alpes-Maritimes département for most of its length, with a short (~15 km or ~9 mi) stretch in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département. It is a unique case in France of a river not flowing in the département named after it (see Var).

The Var rises near the Col de la Cayolle (2,326 m/7,631 ft) in the Maritime Alps and flows generally southeast for into the Mediterranean between Nice and Saint-Laurent-du-Var. Its main tributaries are the Cians, the Tinée, the Vésubie, the Coulomp, the Estéron, the Tuébi, the Chalvagne, the Barlatte, the Bourdous and the Roudoule.

The Var flows through the following départements and towns:

  • Alpes-Maritimes: Guillaumes
  • Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Entrevaux
  • Alpes-Maritimes: Puget-Théniers, Carros, Saint-Laurent-du-Var

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Var (poetry)

Var is a type of Punjabi poem. They were used by many poets including Amir Khusro and Bhai Gurdas.

Usage examples of "var".

From hints here and there, Maia surmised that some of these vars had wore the red bandanna themselves.

That did not count one summerling boy, plus a dozen or so transient var employees.

It was nearly noon when he reached the house Vard had provided for them, and he swung down out of his saddle, controlling his excitement as best he could.

In the very center, enclosed within that inner ring of seers, stood the silver-haired Vard and the giant Toth.

As evening darkened their concealed basin, and the stars came out in the velvety sky overhead, they gathered about the fire and ate a supper consisting of lightly grilled lamb, steamed vegetables, and dark bread, all drawn from the supplies Vard had pressed upon them before they had left the village near the beach.

While Wyme might love his duty, Var thought, he loved his comfort more.

Var hesitated, torn between fulfilling his promise to Arcole and fear of angering Wyme by pressing too hard.

The manager of the Vard Federation and Professor Pell of the Paraphysical Laboratory of the Higham University.

In many ways, rads were polar opposites to Perkinites, pushing for empowerment of the var underclass through restructuring all of the rules, political and biological.

In high spirits after their successful foray, the rads were talkative, excited, and clearly better educated than the average var.

The var dedicants who doubled as watchwomen warily observed a band of clones like those Maia had seen before, following her litter through town.

Both men and vars lacked the end-of-life solace afforded to normal folkto cloneswho knew they would continue through their clanmates, in all ways but direct memory.

Before Lysos, on Phylum worlds, vars like us were normal and clones rare.

In poorer sections of town, vars and even low-caste clones drew their drinking water from the sea and grew up knowing little else.

She ignored the staring clones and vars, ritually scuffed the dust thrice, and bowed.