versatility

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n versatility having a wide variety of skills
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Versatility The quality or state of being versatile; versatileness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n versatility The state or character of being changeable or fickle; variableness.
    • n versatility The faculty of easily turning one's mind to new tasks or subjects; facility in taking up various pursuits or lines of thought or action; versatileness: as, the versatility of genius.
    • n versatility Specifically, in ornithology, capability of turning either backward or forward, as a toe; the versatile movement of such a digit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Versatility the quality of being versatile: changeableness: the faculty of turning easily to new tasks or subjects
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Quotations

  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. versatilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. versatilisversāre, freq. of vertĕre, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

Villiers was no 'well-built arch,' nor could Charles trust to the fidelity of one so versatile for an hour.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
This great Princeton captain was one of the most versatile football men known to fame.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Uncorseted woman is unhappy woman, and the girl of whom the versatile journalist writes died long ago.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
His style was energetic, logical, and versatile.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
He was extremely versatile: one of the great geniuses of history.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
His genius was of a versatile nature.
"Tales from the Hindu Dramatists" by R. N. Dutta
It shows how plastic and versatile life is, and how utterly unmechanical.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
His versatility in giving expression to the amorous moods of the other sex is almost as great as in direct confession.
"Robert Burns" by William Allan Neilson
What a versatile mistress was nature!
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Dear me, what insight versatile children do demand in a mother.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
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In poetry:

But unto us he
Hath his most versatile,
Most cherished daughter
Granted,—what joy!
"My Goddess" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The versatile Jap's in the game,
Because of a treaty he came,
For old Johnnie Bull,
Will have his hands full,
The bellicose Germans to tame.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
Can it be, can it be, the world is so varied,
Human hearts never beat on chords that are even!
Is versatile man so odd, or so seared
That perfect accord is known but in Heaven!
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
Take mountebanks, prancers,
Fops, fiddlers, and dancers,
So volatile, versatile, nimble; Pimps, parasites, spyers, Apostates, rogues, liars,
State coblers; and knights of the thimble.
"Recipe To make A French Legion of Honour" by Thomas Stott

In news:

Versatile director and producer Gil Cates dies.
This versatile classic goes together fast with biscuits.
Commonplace bananas are versatile superfruit.
Minor fit-up requirements enable truck-mounted slurry machines into a versatile continuous or standard slurry machine.
Ponchillia's versatility helps get FRA started.
The versatile Lucy Schwartz plays pop music in the broadest sense of the term.
The Versatile Sound Of Vivian Fung .
Pars­ley is one of the most ver­sa­tile and pop­u­lar herbs today.
More welders are realizing the benefits of using plasma technology to perform gouging in heavy industrial applications where versatility, speed, and safety are important.
These versatile muffins make a quick an easy breakfast for a school day.
Good Value in a Versatile Cruiser.
A quick, delicious and versatile stir-fry.
The bright flavors of tomato, orange juice and smoked paprika make this soup perfect for summer, as does its versatility: It's delicious chilled or hot.
Working with wool offers quilters versatile options.
More than anything, that's a compliment to the group's versatility.
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In science:

The large versatility of these setups allows one to confine atoms in 2D harmonic traps and to impose an effective magnetic field either by rapid rotation [7, 8] or by laser-induced geometric gauge potentials .
From Rotating Atomic Rings to Quantum Hall States
At present this can be used as a powerful and versatile front end to simulators.
QuECT: A New Quantum Programming Paradigm
We present a versatile electric trap for the exploration of a wide range of quantum phenomena in the interaction between polar molecules.
Storage and Adiabatic Cooling of Polar Molecules in a Microstructured Trap
This is the philosophy behind the versatile exponential time series model of Bloomfield (1973).
Asymptotic Theory of Cepstral Random Fields
The QPM technique is so versatile that by modulating spatially the quadratic nonlinearity and utilizing the so-called non-collinear (or transverse) type of wave interaction one can also spatially shape the wavefront of generated waves as has been demonstrated in case of Bessel and Airy beams SHG [4, 5].
Parametric wave interaction in quadratic crystal with randomized distribution of ferroelectric domains
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