(?), a. [L. volubilis, fr. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn round; akin to Gr. to infold, to inwrap, to roll, G. welle a wave: cf. F. voluble. Cf. F. Well of water, Convolvulus, Devolve, Involve, Revolt, Vault an arch, Volume, Volute.]
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1. Easily rolling or turning; easily set in motion; apt to roll; rotating; as, voluble particles of matter.
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2. Moving with ease and smoothness in uttering words; of rapid speech; nimble in speaking; glib; as, a flippant, voluble, tongue.
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[Cassio,] a knave very voluble.
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Voluble was used formerly to indicate readiness of speech merely, without any derogatory suggestion. "A grave and voluble eloquence." Bp. Hacket.
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3. Changeable; unstable; fickle. [Obs.]
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4. (Bot.) Having the power or habit of turning or twining; as, the voluble stem of hop plants.
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Voluble stem (Bot.), a stem that climbs by winding, or twining, round another body.
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-- Vol"u*ble*ness, n. -- Vol"u*bly, adv.
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