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. [1913 Webster]

2. Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; inconstant; as versatile disposition. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Conspicuous among the youths of high promise . . . was the quick and versatile [Charles] Montagu. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster] -- {Ver"sa*tile*ly}, adv. -- -- {Ver"sa*tile*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • versatileness — noun see versatile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • versatileness — See versatilely. * * * …   Universalium

  • versatileness — n. state of being versatile; changeableness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • versatileness — ver·sa·tile·ness …   English syllables

  • versatileness — noun ( es) : versatility * * * verˈsatileness or versatility / tilˈi ti/ noun • • • Main Entry: ↑versatile …   Useful english dictionary

  • Versatility — Ver sa*til i*ty, n. [Cf. F. versatilit[ e].] The quality or state of being versatile; versatileness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • versatile — 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • versatile — versatilely, adv. versatility, versatileness, n. /verr seuh tl/ or, esp. Brit., / tuyl /, adj. 1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.: a versatile writer. 2. having or capable of …   Universalium

  • adaptability — n 1. adaptableness, adaptedness, adaptiveness, versatility, versatileness, many sidedness; adjustability, changeability, changeableness, variability, variableness; alterability, alterableness, modification, modifiability, modifiableness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • versatile — /ˈvɜsətaɪl / (say versuhtuyl), Originally US / təl/ (say tuhl) adjective 1. capable of or adapted for turning with ease from one to another of various tasks, subjects, etc.; many sided in abilities. 2. Botany attached at or near the middle so as… …   Australian English dictionary

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