• WordNet 3.6
    • adj skillful done with delicacy and skill "a nice bit of craft","a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer","a nice shot"
    • adj skillful having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude "adept in handicrafts","an adept juggler","an expert job","a good mechanic","a practiced marksman","a proficient engineer","a lesser-known but no less skillful composer","the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • Skillful Discerning; reasonable; judicious; cunning. "Of skillful judgment."
    • Skillful Possessed of, or displaying, skill; knowing and ready; expert; well-versed; able in management; as, a skillful mechanic; -- often followed by at in, or of; as, skillful at the organ; skillful in drawing. "And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentations to wailing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The brewing of beer is recorded as far back as 6,000 years ago. Until the 12th century (when skilled experts took over), women performed the task of making beer as part of their household chores.
    • n skillful etc. See skilful, etc.
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  • John Bunyan
    “My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it.”
  • Tony Buzan
    Tony Buzan
    “Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.”
  • Aristotle
    “It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Written also skilful,


In literature:

I have heard that these witches and diviners only exercise their skill at night, and how couldst thou be abroad with me then?
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
She had not tillers of the soil, mechanics or skilled merchants.
"The Colored Regulars in the United States Army" by T. G. Steward
His skill was constantly in demand.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Captain Morgan and Doctor Argyle were the recipients of many complimentary words for their skill.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
These fruits of his skill were less beautiful in workmanship, though marked by wonderful sweetness and power of tone.
"Great Violinists And Pianists" by George T. Ferris
Whenever one thinks of using skill, he includes in his thought the thing in the handling of which the skill is employed.
"The Navy as a Fighting Machine" by Bradley A. Fiske
Kirsty was keen at present upon each Form having its own Eleven, and had arranged some school matches as trials of skill.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Increased skill gives us pleasure and also gives us confidence in our ability to do the thing.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
This is the hardest part of a physician's work and requires the most skill.
"The Recitation" by George Herbert Betts
An iron safe was fitted into the space beside the chimney and covered skillfully by a door completely cased in brick.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
He had not much engineering skill, but was a man of considerable attainments, literary and philosophical.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
These give an excellent idea of the extent of Branwell's artistic skill.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
Skill, tact, and experience are needed there.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
On the other hand, an agitation which appeals skillfully to pet notions and to latent fanaticism may stampede the masses.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The skill of the five had been great, but more than human skill had helped them to escape from such watchful and powerful enemies.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
We had sufficient proof of his skill, when he went hunting with us.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
To return unsullied from the encounter is a proof of the highest skill.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
Then she knotted the rope with all her skill and strength.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Life is in danger, and can be saved by skill, not by force and ignorance.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Admitting the unapproachable woodcraft and skill of the young Shawanoe, yet he could not do the impossible.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis

In poetry:

Let me try, son Oscian, the skill
of Dargo's daughter. My hands were
taught the bow: my father delighted in
my skill.
"Fragment VII" by James Macpherson
To fear thy power, to trust thy grace,
Is our divinest skill;
And he's the wisest of our race
That best obeys thy will.
"Psalm 111 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Artistic cottages upreared
In beauty, strength, and skill--
The happy, healthful homes endeared
To lovers of Watch Hill!
"Watch Hill" by Hattie Howard
I cursed him for the lust of drink
That held his will a slave;
For skill to tend and mend was his
To succour and to save.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn
His hands the wheels of nature guide
With an unerring skill;
And countless worlds extended wide,
Obey his sovereign will.
"The Refuge, River, And Rock Of The Church" by John Newton
I turned on Arnold, and I vowed
To pay with coin of hate
His ten-mile ride, his boasted skill,
If he should prove too late;
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn

In news:

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatments and coping skills.
Following each apprenticeship term, Raymond holds a yearly apprenticeship senior night, where student apprentices share the skills they have acquired as a result of the program.
The training adds to skills apprentices learned as juniors and seniors in high school in the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, a college level, dual-credit training program offered by the Alamo Colleges.
A lot of attention has recently been paid to my cooking skills, or lack thereof.
If you long to be an artist but don't have the technical know-how, take heart: Drawing and painting are skills that can be learned.
This June, sharpen your dancing skills at Lincoln Center for free.
Now artists are putting this skill to some good use.
Display your scrapbooks, photo albums and woodworking skills.
Ed: in view of O LINE skill sets, what is difference of a GUARD vs CENTER.
Join with others at the Chagrin Falls Branch Library 4:30-5:30 pm Nov 27 as they build STEM skills and explore the world of WeDo robots.
Practice your chess skills weekly on Monday and Thursday evenings.
A simple board game may help young children's math skills.
Good ball skill in the open floor, is a matchup problem in the half court at the 4.
71 Missouri Army and Air National Guardsmen from units across the state are sharpening their skills this week.
Are your communication skills hindering your career.

In science:

On the one hand many individuals must be educated to have the basic knowledge and study skills to participate in the FuturICT endeavour.
The author would like to thank the referee for many skillful suggestions which greatly simplify our proofs and improve (1) of Theorem 2 to the present form.
Complex varieties of general type whose canonical systems are composed with pencils
The correlation between scientific thinking skill and gain in physics conceptual understanding.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Because the method of thermal isolation is a basic skill for measurements in thermodynamics, we believe that this will not be a serious problem.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Nevertheless, skilled observers should be able to maintain the images to within (WA − WF ) ≃ 0.2 arcsec of best focus, equivalent to δrp = (WA − WF ) f /p µm.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
The numerical treatment of the CR dynamics is completed by accounting for both spatial transport and energy losses/gains as described by the diffusion-convection equation (e.g., Skilling 1975a,b).
Numerical Modeling of Gamma Radiation from Galaxy Clusters
We assume that two factors are involved of producing a paper of score S : time and skill.
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
The distribution of scores due to time investment, skill being equal, means there should be 20× as many papers with “1” as there are “20” (N ∝ 1/S ).
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
The distribution of scores for skill, time investment being equal, is a similar factor (N ∝ 1/S ).
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
And, finally, that skill and time are directly proportional – that doubling the amount of applied skill and halving the applied time to a paper results in a work deserving an equal grade.
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
Part of the practitioners skill is in choosing test operators with little overlap with the continuum.
Pentaquarks: Theory overview, and some more about quark models
Unless students develop analysis and reasoning skills, they will continue to use superficial approaches to solving physics problems. Their problem solving will remain algorithmic and reach barely beyond the level of equation and symbol manipulation.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Teachers will probably need to spend some time helping students develop the needed skills.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
Such “atomic” methods were suggested and developed for image reconstruction by Skilling (1998), who was motivated to move beyond pixellised models when analysing spectral and image data for the same reasons as outlined above.
Physical component analysis of galaxy cluster weak gravitational lensing data
Skilling’s “atoms” were often very simple in nature, as he sought to reconstruct complex images with very little prior knowledge.
Physical component analysis of galaxy cluster weak gravitational lensing data