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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Secondly, it doesn't look at previous work, speak to previous employers or, in the instance of SME contractors, doesn't take into account the continuous variations in a smaller contractors' account compared to the bigger players.
However, any large collection of different clones will show continuous variations in form, eliminating any nameable differences.
Another which takes up a lot of space is Man on a bridge (A study of David Lange), in which the gallery has been transformed into a carpeted large-screen cinema showing 50 continuous variations on a short film in which a man - the well-known actor Roger Lloyd Pack - walks towards the camera and pauses to look over the parapet of a bridge.
Due to continuous variations in the building construction market, the company searched for additional products to cast in 1989.
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