Varuna to Vault
(||Va*ru"na) n. [Skr. Varu&nsdota.] (Hindu Myth.) The god of the waters; the Indian Neptune.
He is regarded as regent of the west, and lord of punishment, and is represented as riding on a sea
monster, holding in his hand a snaky cord or noose with which to bind offenders, under water.
(Var"vel) n. [F. vervelle.] In falconry, one of the rings secured to the ends of the jesses. [Written
(Var"veled) a. Having varvels, or rings. [Written also varvelled, and vervelled.]
In heraldry, when the jesses attached to the legs of hawks hang loose, or have pendent ends with rings
at the tips, the blazon is a hawk (or a hawk's leg) jessed and varveled.
(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,Spenser.
Even as new occasion appears?
2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
Gods, that never change their state,Waller.
Vary oft their love and hate.
We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.Dryden.
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 hereMilton.
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.
(Va"ry) v. i.
1. To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified; as,
colors vary in different lights.
That each from other differs, first confess;Pope.
Next, that he varies from himself no less.
2. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.
3. To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.
While fear and anger, with alternate grace,Addison.
Pant in her breast, and vary in her face.
4. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason. Locke.
5. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion.
The rich jewel which we vary for.Webster
(Va"ry), n. Alteration; change. [Obs.] Shak.