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Meaning of VERSATILE

Pronunciation:  'vursutil

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  (used of persons) having many skills
  2. [adj]  (biology) 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"
  3. [adj]  changeable or inconstant; "versatile moods"
  4. [adj]  competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another; "a versatile writer"
  5. [adj]  having great diversity or variety; "his various achievements are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition"
 

VERSATILE is a 9 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: flexible, mobile, skilled, variable, varied, various
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: Of anthers: swinging freely about the point of attachment to the filament, which is approximately central.
 

 

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