variously, adv.variousness, n.
/vair"ee euhs/, adj.
1. of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory.
2. marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity: houses of various designs.
3. presenting or having many different qualities or aspects: a woman of various talent.
4. having a variety of colors; varicolored.
5. different from each other; dissimilar.
6. variant.
7. numerous; many: living at various hotels.
8. individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.); separate: permission from various officials in Washington.
9. Informal. several, many, or numerous ones: I spoke with various of them.
[1545-55; < L varius speckled, variegated, hence manifold, diverse; see -OUS]
Syn. 1. VARIOUS, DIFFERENT, DISTINCT, DIVERSE describe things that are not identical or alike. VARIOUS stresses the multiplicity of sorts or instances of a thing or a class of things: various sorts of seaweed; busy with various duties. DIFFERENT emphasizes separateness and dissimilarity: two different (or differing) versions of the same story. DISTINCT implies a uniqueness that is clear and unmistakable: plans similar in objective but distinct in method. DIVERSE usually suggests a disparity capable of leading to conflict or disagreement: diverse views on how the area should be zoned. 2. sundry. 3. diversified, variegated, varied.
Ant. 1. identical, same, uniform, similar.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Various — Va ri*ous, a. [L. varius. Cf. {Vair}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Different; diverse; several; manifold; as, men of various names; various occupations; various colors. [1913 Webster] So many and so various laws are given. Milton. [1913 Webster] A wit as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • various — [ver′ē əs, var′ē əs] adj. [L varius, diverse, parti colored: see VARY] 1. differing one from another; of several kinds 2. a) several or many [found in various sections of the country] b) individual; distinct [bequests to the various heirs] …   English World dictionary

  • various — like many and several, is used as a pronoun (followed by of) in both BrE and (more commonly) in AmE: • Various of his colleagues…offer to go with him if he is dismissed American Spectator, 1994 • Various of his essays and lectures have been… …   Modern English usage

  • various — index different, dissimilar, diverse, heterogeneous, manifold, miscellaneous, multifarious, multiple …   Law dictionary

  • various — early 15c., characterized by variety, from M.Fr. varieux, from L. varius changing, different, diverse (see VARY (Cf. vary)). Meaning different from one another is recorded from 1630s. Related: Variously …   Etymology dictionary

  • various — 1 *different, diverse, divergent, disparate Analogous words: *distinct, separate: distinctive, peculiar, individual (see CHARACTERISTIC): varying, changing (see CHANGE vb) Antonyms: uniform: cognate 2 *many, seve …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • various — [adj] miscellaneous, differing all manner of*, assorted, changeable, changing, different, discrete, disparate, distinct, distinctive, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, individual, legion, manifold, many, many sided, multifarious, multitudinal …   New thesaurus

  • various — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ different from one another; of different kinds or sorts. ► DETERMINER & PRONOUN ▪ more than one; individual and separate. DERIVATIVES variously adverb variousness noun. ORIGIN Latin varius changing, diverse …   English terms dictionary

  • Various — Infobox Musician Name = Various Img capt = Img size = Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Genre = Years active = 2003 present Label = XL Recordings Associated acts = URL = [] Current… …   Wikipedia

  • various — var•i•ous [[t]ˈvɛər i əs[/t]] adj. 1) of different kinds, as two or more things: various cheeses for sale[/ex] 2) exhibiting diversity: houses of various designs[/ex] 3) different from each other; dissimilar 4) several; many: stayed at various… …   From formal English to slang

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.