What does the word variance mean?

Usage examples for variance

  1. But who can sit in daliance, Men sit in such a variance? – A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume I. by R. Dodsley
  2. He saw himself at variance with the Will which rules the world. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  3. An expression wholly at variance with the features that wear it, is a startling thing. – Ellen Middleton--A Tale by Georgiana Fullerton