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Vary \Va"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varied; p. pr. & vb. n. Varying.] [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius various. See Various, and cf. Variate.]

  1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.

    Shall we vary our device at will, Even as new occasion appears?

  2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.

    Gods, that never change their state, Vary oft their love and hate.

    We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.

  3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.

    God hath varied their inclinations.
    --Sir T. Browne.

    God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights.

  4. (Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.


Varying \Va"ry*ing\, a. & n. from Vary.

Varying hare (Zo["o]l.), any hare or rabbit which becomes white in winter, especially the common hare of the Northern United States and Canada.


n. (cx computer graphics English) A kind of variable, used by a fragment shader, that interpolates values across a primitive, so as to produce gradient effects etc. vb. (present participle of vary English)


adj. marked by diversity or difference; "the varying angles of roof slope"; "nature is infinitely variable" [syn: variable]

Usage examples of "varying".

Ekti was the only known allotrope of hydrogen, though other elements had varying molecular forms.

On the far eastern islands like Ambon and the Indonesian portion of New Guinea the people are, in varying degrees, of Melanesian ancestry.

Partly to herself, he thought coldly, this same process repeated a hundred times before with varying degrees of twisted truths and violence, with other innocents he needed to use for the betterment of France, men so much easier to deal with than women.

Whether such variability be taken advantage of by natural selection, and whether the variations be accumulated to a greater or lesser amount, thus causing a greater or lesser amount of modification in the varying species, depends on many complex contingencies,--on the variability being of a beneficial nature, on the power of intercrossing, on the rate of breeding, on the slowly changing physical conditions of the country, and more especially on the nature of the other inhabitants with which the varying species comes into competition.

He did quadruple and quintuple integration, even quadruple integration between varying exponential limitsin his head.

He did quadruple and quintuple integration, even quadruple integration between varying exponential limits-in his head.

When she chooses a three-story dollhouse with electric lights and an enclosed front porch it is not to pretend at future housewifery, but to arrange and rearrange the Happy Porter Family and their to-scale furniture into varying patterns of orderliness until she arrives at Perfectimundo.

Peri floating easefully out of some far-off sphere of sky-wonders,--an aerial Maiden-Shape glided into the full lustre of the varying light,--a dancer, nude save for the pearly glistening veil that was carelessly cast about her dainty limbs, her white arms and delicate ankles being adorned with circlets of tiny, golden bells, which kept up a melodious jinglejangle as she moved.

Hence, if any one species of grass were to go on varying, and those varieties were continually selected which differed from each other in at all the same manner as distinct species and genera of grasses differ from each other, a greater number of individual plants of this species of grass, including its modified descendants, would succeed in living on the same piece of ground.

For in this case the variability will seldom as yet have been fixed by the continued selection of the individuals varying in the required manner and degree, and by the continued rejection of those tending to revert to a former and less modified condition.

Nor do I believe that any great physical change, as of climate, or any unusual degree of isolation to check immigration, is actually necessary to produce new and unoccupied places for natural selection to fill up by modifying and improving some of the varying inhabitants.

It was a montage of five of the Larry prints, with Emily and Jill in varying states of connection.

Undulating, mortarless flagstone walls of varying heights supported a series of planting beds that radiated away from the curving center walk like the lines on a topographic map.

Patchy necrosis and fibrosis of varying age, and chronic ischemia, plus an absence of coronary artery disease or cardiomegaly.

I was in a darkly paneled room, lit by floating portlights, their globes confined at varying heights by rope tethers.