dexterity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dexterity adroitness in using the hands
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dexter is the smallest type of cow. This cow was bred to be a small size for household living
    • Dexterity Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with the chisel. "In youth quick bearing and dexterity ."
    • Dexterity Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness. "His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity to deliver himself.""He had conducted his own defense with singular boldness and dexterity ."
    • Dexterity Right-handedness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "dexterity", to do with skill is related to the right hand. The opposite of the word "deter" is "sinister", to do with evil, it is related to the left hand
    • n dexterity Greater facility in using the right hand than the left; right-handedness.
    • n dexterity Manual skill; skill in using the hands, especially in mechanical or artistic work; hence, physical suppleness or adroitness in general; that readiness in action which proceeds from experience or practice, united with activity or precision of motion.
    • n dexterity Mental adroitness or skill; cleverness; promptness in devising expedients; quickness and skill in managing or conducting a scheme of operations.
    • n dexterity Synonyms Address, facility, faculty, tact, cleverness, aptness, aptitude, ability, art, knack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dexterity right-handedness: cleverness: readiness and skill: adroitness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dexteritas, fr. dexter,: cf. F. dextérité,. See Dexter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dexter; Gr. dexios, Sans. dakshina, on the right, on the south.

Usage

In literature:

I never noticed that I called her Dexter; and so that was the spark that caused the explosion?
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
After a few such misadventures he will acquire dexterity.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Dexter, Henry M., 123.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
She accepted all he had to offer as a becoming tribute to her feminine superiority, and evaded dexterously the deeper issue.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Molly Dexter bit her tiny evening handkerchief, and her grey eyes laughed at the moonlight.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
Austin added dexterity to submissiveness.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It is merely a matter of dexterity, and keeping it out of sight.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
A dexterous blow or two finished the reptile, but the odor given forth by the creature in its anger filled the hut.
"Ralph Granger's Fortunes" by William Perry Brown
Rapidly he related to her the episode of the switch engine in Dexter Allison's millyards.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
For this instance of courage and dexterity, she met with harsh usage.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
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In poetry:

As I was saying, every night
I steal one painting
With enviable dexterity.
But the road’s very long
"Paintings" by Marin Sorescu
I have now a wizard's wand,
Underneath my dexter hand,
Bringing happiness to me,
Through its runic melody,
Making time without the waste
Of the ink quill in the paste.
"My Remington" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
At length, after changing her chiefs at her will,
As their mischievous zeal grew remiss,
She sought a fresh fav'rite, with dexterous skill,
From Obscurity's darkest abyss.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Canst not, by rummaging within thy consciousness,
Find some bright vice to bare, as 't were a flashing sword?
Some gay, audacious vice, which wield with dexterousness,
And make to shine, and shoot red lightnings Heavenward!
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
And to see that heroic woman the scene was most grand,
Because as she drew the water a shot cut the rope in her hand;
But she caught the pail with her hand dexterously,
Oh! the scene was imposing end most beautiful to see.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the Sikhs caught the bayonets with their left hand,
And rushed in with their swords, the scene was heroic and grand.
Whilst they slashed and cut with great dexterity,
But the British charge was irresistable, they had to flee.
"The Battle Of Gujrat" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The tractors have likely never pressed the fields of the Midwest, but a set of rare tractors have made their way to Dexter.
The LOOK/SEE limited edition "Dexter" sunglasses .
Dexter Roberts in Zhongshan and Aaron Bernstein in Washington.
So just how many people have some 'Dexter'-like activity when they drive.
Emma L Swinger , 88, died April 4, 2005, at Mulberry Manor in Dexter.
And Edna Capps Littell, she was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and Order of Eastern Star in Dexter and the Frisco Extension Club.
'Dexter': Why Do We Sympathize With a Serial Killer.
Why does a modern television audience sympathize with Dexter.
Rockies' Dexter Fowler deals with tendinitis in his left wrist.
Dexter Fowler has been a flashlight in a season of darkness.
First doubles, Jacob Stutzman of Dexter serving to Josiah Simko of John Bapst, nice return for the winner.
The Bapst boys win this match, and the overall match with Dexter.
Latoya Nesmith uses a keyboard that mitigates her limited dexterity to complete her classroom assignments.
The former Dexter star boarded a plane in Dallas, Texas on Thursday (04Oct12) to head to Austin for a University of Texas football match and to hook up with her Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star Charisma Carpenter.
Police told prosecutors that the dungeon in which Moir was held looked like "a scene out of Dexter.".
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In science:

The author also had many helpful conversations with Eva Cogan, Scott Dexter, Mel Fitting, Alex Heller, Roman Kossak, Mirco Mannucci, and Paula Whitlock.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Now let us come to consider the limit of the dexter series in inequalities (14) and (17).
The Level Densities of Random Matrix Unitary Ensembles and their Perturbation Invariability
Observe that sometimes the Sign Rule requires some dexterity in application.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
Dexter Kozen, Jens Palsberg, and Michael Schwartzbach. Efficient recursive subtyping.
Subtyping for F-Bounded Quantifiers and Equirecursive Types (Extended Version)
The authors of these approximations show great dexterity and ingenuity in their derivations and use a variety of techniques to obtain them.
The AGM Simple Pendulum
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