1. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something;
- Example: "able to swim"
- Example: "she was able to program her computer"
- Example: "we were at last able to buy a car"
- Example: "able to get a grant for the project"
2. have the skills and qualifications to do things well;
- Example: "able teachers"
- Example: "a capable administrator"
- Example: "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
[syn: able, capable]
3. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity;
- Example: "able to learn"
- Example: "human beings are able to walk on two feet"
- Example: "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
4. having a strong healthy body;
- Example: "an able seaman"
- Example: "every able-bodied young man served in the army"
[syn: able, able-bodied]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Able \A"ble\, v. t. [See Able, a.] [Obs.] 1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To vouch for. "I 'll able them." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
-able \-a*ble\ (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.] An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable. [1913 Webster] Note: The form -ible is used in the same sense. [1913 Webster] Note: It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able instead of -ible. "Yet a rule may be laid down as to when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever sprung, we annex -able only." --Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Able \A"ble\, a. [comp. Abler; superl. Ablest.] [OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. Habile and see Habit.] 1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A many man, to ben an abbot able. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano. [1913 Webster] 3. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech. [1913 Webster] No man wrote abler state papers. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property. [1913 Webster] Note: Able for, is Scotticism. "Hardly able for such a march." --Robertson. [1913 Webster] Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
A simple language for accountants. ["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and Reference Manual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar 1975]. [Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)]. (1994-11-08)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
77 Moby Thesaurus words for "able": adapted, adequate, adjusted, alert, au fait, brainy, brilliant, capable, checked out, clever, competent, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, enigmatic, enterprising, equal to, expert, fit, fitted, fitted for, go-ahead, good, incalculable, incognizable, intelligent, journeyman, keen, mysterious, productive, proficient, proper, puzzling, qualified, sealed, sharp, skilled, skillful, smart, strange, suited, unapparent, unapprehended, unascertained, unbeknown, uncharted, unclassified, undisclosed, undiscoverable, undiscovered, undivulged, unexplained, unexplored, unexposed, unfamiliar, unfathomed, unheard, unheard-of, unidentified, uninvestigated, unknowable, unknown, unperceived, unplumbed, unrevealed, unsuspected, untouched, up to, up to snuff, up-and-coming, virgin, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited, wicked, worthy