Volubleness
Voluble Vol"u*ble, a. [L. volubilis, fr. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn round; akin to Gr. ? to infold, to inwrap, ? to roll, G. welle a wave: cf. F. voluble. Cf. F. {Well} of water, {Convolvulus}, {Devolve}, {Involve}, {Revolt}, {Vault} an arch, {Volume}, {Volute}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Easily rolling or turning; easily set in motion; apt to roll; rotating; as, voluble particles of matter. [1913 Webster]

2. Moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; of rapid speech; nimble in speaking; glib; as, a flippant, voluble, tongue. [1913 Webster]

[Cassio,] a knave very voluble. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Note: Voluble was used formerly to indicate readiness of speech merely, without any derogatory suggestion. ``A grave and voluble eloquence.'' --Bp. Hacket. [1913 Webster]

3. Changeable; unstable; fickle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) Having the power or habit of turning or twining; as, the voluble stem of hop plants. [1913 Webster]

{Voluble stem} (Bot.), a stem that climbs by winding, or twining, round another body. [1913 Webster] -- {Vol"u*ble*ness}, n. -- {Vol"u*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster]


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  • volubleness — noun see voluble …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • volubleness — See volubility. * * * …   Universalium

  • volubleness — vol·u·ble·ness …   English syllables

  • volubleness — noun ( es) : volubility * * * volubilˈity or volˈubleness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑voluble …   Useful english dictionary

  • voluble — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin volubilis, from volvere to roll; akin to Old English wealwian to roll, Greek eilyein to roll, wrap Date: 15th century 1. easily rolling or turning ; rotating 2. characterized by ready or rapid… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • voluble — volubility, volubleness, n. volubly, adv. /vol yeuh beuhl/, adj. characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative: a voluble spokesman for the cause. [1565 75; < L volubilis which turns easily, flowing, equiv. to… …   Universalium

  • loquacity — loquacity, loquaciousness garrulity, volubility, glibness, talkativeness (see under TALKATIVE) Analogous words: chattering or chatter, chatting or chat, gabbing or gab, prating or prate, jabbering or jabber (see CHAT vb): fluency, articulateness …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • loquaciousness — loquacity, loquaciousness garrulity, volubility, glibness, talkativeness (see under TALKATIVE) Analogous words: chattering or chatter, chatting or chat, gabbing or gab, prating or prate, jabbering or jabber (see CHAT vb): fluency, articulateness …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • talkative — talkative, loquacious, garrulous, voluble, glib are comparable chiefly as applied to persons and their moods and as meaning given to talk or talking. The same distinctions in implications and connotations are also seen in their corresponding… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • voluble — /ˈvɒljəbəl / (say volyuhbuhl) adjective characterised by a ready and continuous flow of words, as a speaker or their manner of speaking; glibly fluent: a voluble talker. {Latin volūbilis, from volvere roll, turn} –volubility /vɒljəˈbɪləti/ (say… …   Australian English dictionary

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