Definition of Skill

1. Noun. An ability that has been acquired by training.

2. Noun. Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain. "The sweet science of pugilism"
Exact synonyms: Science
Generic synonyms: Ability, Power
Specialized synonyms: Nose, Virtuosity

Definition of Skill

1. n. Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.

2. v. t. To know; to understand.

3. v. i. To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance.

Definition of Skill

1. Verb. (transitive) To set apart; separate. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive chiefly dialectal) To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to). ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To have knowledge or comprehension; discern. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To have personal or practical knowledge of; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive archaic) To make a difference; signify; matter. ¹

6. Noun. Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate. ¹

7. Noun. (context: Call Management System) A term referring to the identification, tagging, and distributing of calls via extensions to various individuals (e.g. agents, call-handlers, etc.) skilled in processing such calls. ¹

8. Adjective. (UK slang) great, excellent ¹

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Definition of Skill

1. the ability to do something well [n -S] : SKILLED [adj]

Medical Definition of Skill

1. 1. Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause. "As it was skill and right." . "For great skill is, he prove that he wrought." (Chaucer) [For with good reason he should test what he created. 2. Knowledge; understanding. "That by his fellowship he colour might< oth his estate and love from skill of any wight." (Spenser) "Nor want we skill or art." (Milton) 3. The familiar knowledge of any art or science, united with readiness and dexterity in execution or performance, or in the application of the art or science to practical purposes; power to discern and execute; ability to perceive and perform; expertness; aptitude; as, the skill of a mathematician, physician, surgeon, mechanic, etc. "Phocion, . . . By his great wisdom and skill at negotiations, diverted Alexander from the conquest of Athens." (Swift) "Where patience her sweet skill imparts." (Keble) 4. Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address. "Richard . . . By a thousand princely skills, gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return." (Fuller) 5. Any particular art. "Learned in one skill, and in another kind of learning unskillful." (Hooker) Synonym: Dexterity, adroitness, expertness, art, aptitude, ability. Skill, Dexterity, Adroitness. Skill is more intelligent, denoting familiar knowledge united to readiness of performance. Dexterity, when applied to the body, is more mechanical, and refers to habitual ease of execution. Adroitness involves the same image with dexterity, and differs from it as implaying a general facility of movement (especially in avoidance of danger or in escaping from a difficalty). The same distinctions apply to the figurative sense of the words. A man is skillful in any employment when he understands both its theory and its practice. He is dexterous when he manoeuvres with great lightness. He is adroit in the use od quick, sudden, and well-directed movements of the body or the mind, so as to effect the object he has in view. Origin: Icel. Skil a distinction, discernment; akin to skilja to separate, divide, distinguish, Sw. Skilja,. Skille to separate, skiel reason, right, justice, Sw. Skal reason, Lith. Skelli to cleave. Cf. Shell, Shoal, a multitude. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Skill

skill (current term)
skill point
skill points
skill set
skill sets
skill tree
skill trees
skilled nursing facilities
skilled worker
skillet bread

Literary usage of Skill

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"skill. It is a universal pill; it is good against all diseases that pilgrims are ... skill. These pills are good to prevent diseases, as well as 1 See the ..."

2. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"The failure of the mass of workmen to pass the grade of mediocrity is due to the fact that one or more of the factors of basic skill have not been developed ..."

3. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"Something of a corporeal and substantial nature —something that can be made by man from the matters subjected to his art and skill, or at the least some new ..."

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