n. In physical chemistry, that property of a chemical system which is expressed by the equation V = c + 2 — φ, where V is the variance, c the number of independent components, and φ the number of phases in which the system may exist. Systems are said to be invariant, univariant, bivariant, multivariant, etc., according to the value of V.n. The state of being or the act of becoming variant; alteration; variation; change; difference.n. In law, a discrepancy: Between pleadings and proof, as where a complaint mentions a wrong date, or the facts prove to be different from what was alleged.n. Between the form of the writ or process by which the action was commenced and the form of the declaration or complaint.n. Difference that produces disagreement or controversy; dispute; dissension; discord.n. Variableness; inconstancy.n. In a state of controversy or dissension; in a state of opposition or enmity.n. Synonyms and Disagreement, etc. See difference.