2. Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable.
A man so various, that he seemed to beDryden.
Not one, but all mankind's epitome.
The names of mixed modes . . . are very various.Locke.
3. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.
A happy rural seat of various view.Milton.
(Va"ri*ous*ly), adv. In various or different ways.
(Var"is*cite) n. [So called from Variscia in Germany.] (Min.) An apple-green mineral occurring
in reniform masses. It is a hydrous phosphate of alumina.
(Va*risse") n. [Cf. F. varice varix. Cf. Varix.] (Far.) An imperfection on the inside of the hind
leg in horses, different from a curb, but at the same height, and frequently injuring the sale of the animal
by growing to an unsightly size. Craig.
(||Va"rix) n.; pl. Varices [L.]
1. (Med.) A uneven, permanent dilatation of a vein.
Varices are owing to local retardation of the venous circulation, and in some cases to relaxation of the
parietes of the veins. They are very common in the superficial veins of the lower limbs. Dunglison.
2. (Zoöl.) One of the prominent ridges or ribs extending across each of the whorls of certain univalve
The varices usually indicate stages of growth, each one showing a former position of the outer lip of the
(||Vark) n. [D. varken a pig.] (Zoöl.) The bush hog, or boshvark.
(Var"let) n. [OF. varlet, vaslet, vallet, servant, young man, young noble, dim of vassal. See
Vassal, and cf. Valet.]
1. A servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet; a footman. [Obs.] Spenser. Tusser.
2. Hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an impudent varlet.
What a brazen-faced varlet art thou !Shak.
3. In a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the knave, or jack. [Obs.]
(Var"let*ry) n. [Cf. OF. valeterie the young unmarried nobles.] The rabble; the crowd; the mob.
Shall they hoist me up,Shak.
And show me to the shouting varletry
Of censuring Rome.
(Var"nish) n. [OE. vernish, F. vernis, LL. vernicium; akin to F. vernir to varnish, fr. (assumed)
LL. vitrinire to glaze, from LL. vitrinus glassy, fr. L. vitrum glass. See Vitreous.]
1. A viscid liquid, consisting of a solution of resinous matter in an oil or a volatile liquid, laid on work
with a brush, or otherwise. When applied the varnish soon dries, either by evaporation or chemical action,
and the resinous part forms thus a smooth, hard surface, with a beautiful gloss, capable of resisting, to
a greater or less degree, the influences of air and moisture.