[syn: versatile, various]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Various \Va"ri*ous\, a. [L. varius. Cf. Vair.]
1. Different; diverse; several; manifold; as, men of various
names; various occupations; various colors.
So many and so various laws are given. --Milton.
A wit as various, gay, grave, sage, or wild.
2. Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable.
A man so various, that he seemed to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome. --Dryden.
The names of mixed modes . . . are very various.
3. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.
A happy rural seat of various view. --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking
any uniformity; "assorted sizes"; "his disguises are many
and various"; "various experiments have failed to
disprove the theory"; "cited various reasons for his
behavior" [syn: assorted, various]
2: considered individually; "the respective club members";
"specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports
all agreed" [syn: respective(a), several(a),
3: distinctly dissimilar or unlike; "celebrities as diverse as
Bob Hope and Bob Dylan"; "animals as various as the jaguar
and the cavy and the sloth" [syn: diverse, various]
4: having great diversity or variety; "his various achievements
are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
115 Moby Thesaurus words for "various":
assorted, at odds, at variance, capricious, certain, changeable,
changing, choppy, composite, contrary, contrasted, contrasting,
departing, deviating, deviative, deviatory, different,
differentiated, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant,
discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disjoined, disorderly,
disparate, dissimilar, dissonant, distant, distinct, distinctive,
distinguished, divaricate, divergent, diverging, divers, diverse,
diversified, diversiform, erose, erratic, heterogeneous, impulsive,
in disagreement, inaccordant, incompatible, incongruous,
inconsistent, inconsonant, inconstant, individual, inharmonious,
irreconcilable, irregular, jagged, jerky, legion, many,
many and various, mercurial, miscellaneous, more, more than one,
motley, multifarious, multitudinal, multitudinous, mutable,
nonconformist, nonstandard, nonuniform, not singular, numerous,
of all sorts, peculiar, plural, pluralistic, plurative,
poles apart, poles asunder, populous, ragged, rough, separate,
separated, several, some, spasmodic, sporadic, sundry, unalike,
unconformable, unequable, unequal, uneven, unlike, unorthodox,
unsimilar, unstable, unsteady, unsystematic, ununiform, upwards of,
variable, variant, varied, variegated, variform, varying,
voluminous, wavering, widely apart, worlds apart