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    "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Good afternoon, everybody.
    I can't differentiate between adjectives "multi-purpose" and "universal". Is there any difference between them? Which one should I use with an ice-breaker, i. e. what is the right variant the multi-purpose or universal ice-breaker?

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Universal. It's not being used for more than one purpose, it is being used as an ice breaker.

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Universal. It's not being used for more than one purpose, it is being used as an ice breaker.
    Icebreakers can be multipurpose too, being capable of fulfilling, for example, firefighting, patrolling, escorting, offshore supply or oil recovery tasks when the ice season is over.

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    Last edited by Verona_82; 18-May-2011 at 22:15.

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    I would think 'universal' is a superlative for 'multi-purpose.'

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Icebreakers can be multipurpose too, being capable of fulfilling, for example, firefighting, patrolling, escorting, offshore supply or oil recovery tasks when the ice season is over.

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    I thought the original poster meant an "ice breaker" meaning a conversation starter. That's why context helps.
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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I would think 'universal' is a superlative for 'multi-purpose.'
    I don't think so. Something could be "universal," like this "universal wrench."

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    It fits all kinds of bolts. But it only has one purpose, that of being a wrench. Makes a lousy hammer.

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    If it fits all bolts, that's more than multiple bolts.

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I thought the original poster meant an "ice breaker" meaning a conversation starter. That's why context helps.
    Oh, indeed, the threadstarter could mean a conversation starter!
    I used to translate shipbuilding-related articles, that's why such a thought never crossed my mind.

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    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    I meant a ship that fulfills a number of functions.

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    #10

    Re: "multi-purpose" and "universal"

    Have to disagree with universal. That means it can break any ice in the world, possibly the entire universe, which it can't. Multi-purpose will have to do for the icebreaking crew.

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