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She is a versatile thinker.
  having great diversity or variety — especially in areas of competency
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  • She is a versatile thinker.
  • For an offense to be successful in the NFL, it must be versatile.
  • ...I’m a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She has vast and versatile skills.

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  • An owl’s versatile toe can move backward and forward.
  • The versatile Magic Johnson could play all five positions in a single game.
  • To sum up: I say that Athens is the school of Hellas, and that the individual Athenian in his own person seems to have the power of adapting himself to the most varied forms of action with the utmost versatility and grace.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • This incident was an eye-opener since it suggested a versatility at food-getting which I would hardly have credited to a human being, let alone to a mere wolf.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • A master luthier, Illien transformed the archaic, fragile, unwieldy court lute into the marvelous, versatile, seven-string trouper’s lute we use today.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The most important part was a robot controller, a compact-but-versatile black square that contained all the processors, connections, and radio controls needed.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Fred had developed the most interesting and versatile repertoire.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • THE ECLIPSE Next is a signature black, to show the poles of my versatility, if you like.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Fighting two-handed with just a sword gives you more power, but fighting one-handed with a shield gives you better defense and versatility.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • He was versatile, and Major Major soon found himself incorporating the signature in fragments of imaginary dialogues.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The young writer, as Stevenson has said, instinctively tries to copy whatever seems most admirable, and he shifts his admiration with astonishing versatility.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • She addresses him in full heroic style: "Son of Laertes, versatile Odysseus…" Fifteen times in the poem he is addressed in this way.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ’It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Come to think of it, none of the Hamiltons, with all their versatility, had any versatility in love.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Uncle Pio in Peru was even more versatile than Uncle Pio in Europe.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The versatile Odysseus took the deck, and, all oars manned, they pulled out on the drenching ways of sea.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • In Steiger’s case, of course, his high connectedness is a function of his versatility as an actor and, in all likelihood, some degree of good luck.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It’s a rather astonishing organism in its versatility.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Not only was she versatile, I’d marveled as she did a little spin, showing it off, but quick.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • It is fiercely agile in the sky, dipping and spinning and diving with ease, its wings infinitely versatile.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • And so, unless your ambitions have been spurred by this discussion, I’ll stick to the sonnet, for one single reason: no other poem is so versatile, so ubiquitous, so various, so agreeably short as the sonnet.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • There was something rather Elizabethan about him—his casual versatility, his good looks, that effervescent combination of mental with physical activities.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • You can’t really believe how versatile that latheplus-milling-plus-welding arrangement is until you’ve used it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A company named Sonosite donated most of the cost of a compact, versatile imaging machine.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I would never give way to that; I was always versatile.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He descended from the barn, and abandoning Christminster with the versatility of his age he walked along the ridge-track, looking for any natural objects of interest that might lie in the banks thereabout.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The smallness of the school, the fewness of rivals, permitted her to experiment with her perilous versatility.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Mrs. Fisher lived in an East side street near the Park, and as the two men walked down Fifth Avenue the new architectural developments of that versatile thoroughfare invited Van Alstyne’s comment.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I don’t want to swagger, but I suppose I’m rather versatile.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Amory noticed his hands; they weren’t fine at all, but they had versatility and a tenuous strength…. they were nervous hands that sat lightly along the cushions and moved constantly with little jerky openings and closings.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Graced with blistering speed, tactical versatility, and indomitable will, he shipped more than fifty thousand exhausting railroad miles, carried staggering weight to victory against the best horses in the country, and shattered more than a dozen track records.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • At such times as this, apprehending the grounds of her refusal to be her modest sense of incompetence in matters social and polite, he would say that she was wonderfully well-informed and versatile—which was certainly true, her natural quickness and her admiration for him having led her to pick up his vocabulary, his accent, and fragments of his knowledge, to a surprising extent.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He perceived that such a picture presupposed, on her part, the experience, the versatility, the freedom of judgment, which she had been carefully trained not to possess; and with a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He understood however from all he heard that Dr Mulligan was a versatile allround man, by no means confined to medicine only, who was rapidly coming to the fore in his line and, if the report was verified, bade fair to enjoy a flourishing practice in the not too distant future as a tony medical practitioner drawing a handsome fee for his services in addition to which professional status his rescue of that man from certain drowning by artificial respiration and what they call first aid…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He is too versatile in the ways of destruction.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • But has your priest a versatile intelligence?
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The mallard hen call is very versatile and effective.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • I don’t want to swagger, but I suppose I’m rather versatile.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I didn’t say left arm more versatile than right—she was correct; don’t want to trade in right arm.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Officially called the Mk-11 Mod X Special Purpose Rifle and also known as the SR25, this is an extremely versatile weapon.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • He was quick, huge, versatile, and athletic—in addition to playing football at USC, he’d played third base for the baseball team.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • If the most versatile of living forms, the human, now fights for survival as it always has, it can eliminate not only itself but all other life.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The rulers of society must be up to the work of the world, and equal to their versatile office: men of the right Caesarian pattern,[384] who have great range of affinity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Often when I would work in my studio at night, he would come in to talk and tell stories about his versatile and fascinating life, and I learned as much from him as I did from my profs.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Please, milord husband, I don’t know all the answers in this case; I simply know that disturbing a natural balance is a matter to be approached with fear and trembling—and a very versatile computer.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Nearly a quarter of a century before this, another great American, and one with an expertness in the matter that the too versatile Jefferson could not muster, had ventured upon a prophecy even more bold and specific.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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