continuous variation


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con·tin·u·ous var·i·a·tion

a series of very slight variations.

continuous variation

n.
Variation within a population in which phenotypes may have any value between the extremes.

continuous variation

Variation in which the difference between successive groups or individuals is quite small.
See also: variation

continuous variation

a feature of certain CHARACTERS controlled by many genes, e.g. height, in which there is a complete spread of forms across a range, often producing a bell-shaped, NORMAL DISTRIBUTION CURVE when sampling in a population. See also POLYGENIC INHERITANCE.
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Jop (12) has pointed out, that the method of continuous variation is simple and rapid for determining the formula of a compound, provided that only a single compound is formed.
The recent development of powerful new technologies such as dynamic geometry softwares (DGS) with drag capability has made possible the continuous variation of geometric configurations and allows one to quickly and easily investigate whether particular conjectures are true or not.
To this end the company is working simultaneously on several approaches, ranging from two-point stroke adjustment and continuous stroke adjustment to continuous variation of stroke and valve opening time.
Deleuze and Guattari, in fact, propose a musical model to aid our understanding of the difference between smooth and striated spaces; they argue that "the smooth is the continuous variation, continuous development of form" (478)--this is, of course, an apt description of jazz.
Detailed analyses of continuous variation of yield of vegetable crops with plant density are not common.
The changing speed of the screw reacting to the pressure behind the melt pump causes a continuous variation in screw speed.
The feed is being carried out by the alternating current engines, realizing a continuous variation of the number of revolutions by CNC equipment.
Modulation is the very definition of the analog signal--a continuous variation in amplitude and time (i.e., a smoothly varying value).
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