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Versatile definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VERS'ATILE, a. [L. versatilis, from versor, to turn.]
1. That may be turned round; as a versatile boat or spindle.
2. Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; as a man of versatile disposition.
3. Turning with ease from one thing to another; readily applied to a new task, or to various subjects; as a man of versatile genius.
4. In botany, a versatile anther is one fixed by the middle on the point of the filament, and so poised as to turn like the needle of a compass; fixed by its side, but freely movable.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having great diversity or variety; "his various achievements are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition" [syn: versatile, various]
2: changeable or inconstant; "versatile moods"
3: competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another; "a versatile writer"
4: able to move freely in all directions; "an owl's versatile toe can move backward and forward"; "an insect's versatile antennae can move up and down or laterally"; "a versatile anther of a flower moves freely in the wind"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: French or Latin; French, from Latin versatilis turning easily, from versare to turn, frequentative of vertere Date: 1605 1. changing or fluctuating readily ; variable <a versatile disposition> 2. embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also turning with ease from one thing to another 3. a. (1) capable of turning forward or backward ; reversible <a versatile toe of a bird> (2) capable of moving laterally and up and down <versatile antennae> b. of an anther having the filaments attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely 4. having many uses or applications <versatile building material> versatilely adverb versatileness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 turning easily or readily from one subject or occupation to another; capable of dealing with many subjects (a versatile mind). 2 (of a device etc.) having many uses. 3 Bot. & Zool. moving freely about or up and down on a support (versatile antenna). 4 archaic changeable, inconstant. Derivatives: versatilely adv. versatility n. Etymology: F versatile or L versatilis (as VERSANT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Versatile Ver"sa*tile, a. [L. versatilis, fr. versare to turn around, v. freq. of vertere: cf. F. versatile. See Verse.] 1. Capable of being turned round. --Harte. 2. Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; inconstant; as versatile disposition. 3. Turning with ease from one thing to another; readily applied to a new task, or to various subjects; many-sided; as, versatile genius; a versatile politician. Conspicuous among the youths of high promise . . . was the quick and versatile [Charles] Montagu. --Macaulay. 4. (Nat. Hist.) Capable of turning; freely movable; as, a versatile anther, which is fixed at one point to the filament, and hence is very easily turned around; a versatile toe of a bird. -- Ver"sa*tile*ly, adv. -- -- Ver"sa*tile*ness, n.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you say that a person is versatile, you approve of them because they have many different skills. He had been one of the game's most versatile athletes. ADJ [approval] versatility Aileen stands out for her incredible versatility as an actress. 2. A tool, machine, or material that is versatile can be used for many different purposes. Never before has computing been so versatile. ADJ versatility Velvet is not known for its versatility.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Changeable, variable, capricious, erratic. 2. Inconstant, unsteady, fickle. 3. Varied, many-sided, plastic, ready, Protean.

Moby Thesaurus

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