from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Differing one from another.
  • adj. Made up of distinct characteristics, qualities, or elements: "Prague ... offers visitors a series of excursions into a rich and diverse past” ( Olivier Bernier).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. consisting of many different elements; various
  • adj. different; unlike; dissimilar; distinct; separate.
  • adv. In different directions; diversely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Different; unlike; dissimilar; distinct; separate.
  • adj. Capable of various forms; multiform.
  • adv. In different directions; diversely.
  • intransitive v. To turn aside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Different in kind; essentially different; different as individuals of one kind or as different kinds, but not as being affected by different accidents. Thus, Philip drunk and Philip sober, though different, are not diverse.
  • Capable of assuming many forms; various; multiform.
  • Synonyms Divers, Diverse. See divers.
  • In different directions.
  • To make diverse; diversify.
  • To differ; be diverse.
  • To turn aside; turn out of one's way.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. distinctly dissimilar or unlike
  • adj. many and different


Middle English divers, from Old French divers, from Latin dīversus, past participle of dīvertere, to divert; see divert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin diversus ("various, different"), also written divorsus, past participle of divertere, divortere ("to turn or go different ways, part, separate, divert"); see divert. (Wiktionary)



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  • I found this word in the surfer mag. The apponents at the comp. was diverse. by Nathen Falls

    October 28, 2010