var·i·ous /ˈvɛriəs, ˈvær-/
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. --Byron.
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. --Locke.
3. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.
A happy rural seat of various view. --Milton.
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]
2: considered individually; "the respective club members";
"specialists in their several fields"; "the various
reports all agreed" [syn: respective(a), several(a), various(a)]
3: distinctly dissimilar or unlike; "diverse parts of the
country"; "celebrities as diverse as Bob Hope and Bob
Dylan"; "animals as various as the jaguar and the cavy and
the sloth" [syn: diverse]
4: having great diversity or variety; "his various achievements
are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition" [syn: