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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TABLE 3--Grouping according to Tocher's optimization procedure, considering nine continuous variation traits evaluated in 66 wine grape accessions.
Many practical applications spanning from earthing to mineral and fossil deposit detection deal with continuous variations in conductivity, and therefore a mathematical procedure for solving the PDE could be beneficial for all the above-mentioned problems.
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.
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.
The changing speed of the screw reacting to the pressure behind the melt pump causes a continuous variation in screw speed.
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