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

  • adj. Having many sides.
  • adj. Having many aspects, talents, or interests. See Synonyms at versatile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having many sides; polygonal
  • adj. Having many aspects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having many sides; -- said of figures. Hence, presenting many questions or subjects for consideration.
  • adj. Interested in, and having an aptitude for, many unlike pursuits or objects of attention; versatile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having many sides; hence, figuratively, having many aspects, qualities, or capabilities; of diversified range or scope; not narrowly limited.

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

  • adj. full of variety or interest
  • adj. having many parts or sides
  • adj. having many aspects


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  • A many-sided tale of faith and betrayal, drama and intrigue, set in the world of old Edo.

    I want them all

  • Her prickly self-scrutiny is as many-sided and full of conflict as the country she both defends and criticizes.

    Mother tries to stay ahead of grief in David Grossman's "To the End of the Land"

  • At that point it became suddenly evident that the Novel as such was capable of being regarded as a means of profoundly serious and many-sided discussion and therefore a meduim of profoundly serious investigation into the human case.


  • Each performance is different, and each, in its different way, yields ultimately to the many-sided power of the score.

    A Fierce Enthusiasm

  • She was so many-sided, so many-mooded — “protean-mooded” I called her.

    Chapter 28

  • It becomes the whole life of the woman, while to the man it is rather an episode, rather a mere side to his many-sided life.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • In the end we must accept them for what they are: complex and many-sided, ornamented with clues and theories, yet ultimately unknowable like life itself.

    David Ebershoff - An interview with author

  • And here again we come to another side of many-sided John

    Chapter 32

  • I imagine that the thought of suicide was something Kim had held up to the light like a many-sided crystal, thought about, toyed with in moments for years.

    History of a Suicide

  • Indeed, despite its brevity, 'Nine Lives' resembles a vast Victorian novel in its many-sided evocation of an entire world -- worlds, actually, because the New Orleans that Baum lovingly conjures belongs to people rooted in neighborhoods with strong traditions, each one a universe in itself.

    Old Media Monday: Reviewing the Reviewers


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