versatile


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. Liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable;
      unsteady; inconstant; as, a versatile disposition.
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   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.
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            Conspicuous among the youths of high promise . . .
            was the quick and versatile [Charles] Montagu.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   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.
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