• WordNet 3.6
    • n skill ability to produce solutions in some problem domain "the skill of a well-trained boxer","the sweet science of pugilism"
    • n skill an ability that has been acquired by training
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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
    • Skill Any particular art. "Learned in one skill , and in another kind of learning unskillful."
    • Skill Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause. "As it was skill and right.""For great skill is, he prove that he wrought."
    • Skill 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."
    • Skill Knowledge; understanding. "That by his fellowship he color might
      Both his estate and love from skill of any wight."
      "Nor want we skill or art."
    • Skill 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.""Where patience her sweet skill imparts."
    • Skill To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance. "I can not skill of these thy ways."
    • v. t Skill To know; to understand. "I can rimes of Rodin Hood.""I can no Latin, quod she.""Let the priest in surplice white,
      That defunctive music can ."
      "To skill the arts of expressing our mind."
    • Skill To make a difference; to signify; to matter; -- used impersonally. "What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold
      About thy neck do drown thee?"
      "It skills not talking of it."
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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.
    • skill To set apart; separate.
    • skill Hence, to discern; have knowledge or understanding (to); know how: usually with an infinitive.
    • skill To have perception or comprehension; have understanding; discern: followed by of or on.
    • skill To have personal and practical knowledge (of); be versed or practised; hence, to be expert or dexterous: commonly followed by of.
    • skill To make difference; signify; matter: used impersonally, and generally with a negative.
    • n skill The discriminating or reasoning faculty; the mind.
    • n skill Discriminative power; discernment; understanding; reason; wit.
    • n skill Reasonableness; propriety; rightness; justice; proper course; wise measure; also, rightful claim; right.
    • n skill Reasoning; argument; proof; also, cause; reason.
    • n skill Practical knowledge and ability; power of action or execution; readiness and excellence in applying wisdom or science to practical ends; expertness; dexterity.
    • n skill A particular power, ability, or art; a gift or attainment; an accomplishment.
    • n skill That for which one is specially qualified; one's forte.
    • n skill Synonyms Facility, knack. See adroit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to U.S. law, a patent may not be granted on a useless invention, on a method of doing business, on mere printed matter, or on a device or machine that will not operate. Even if an invention is novel or new, a patent may not be obtained if the invention would have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the same area at the time of the invention.
    • n Skill skil knowledge of anything: dexterity in practice
    • v.i Skill to understand, to be dexterous in: to make a difference, to signify
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.”
  • George Eliot
    “'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.”
  • Eric Gill
    Eric Gill
    “Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.”
  • 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.”
  • Aristotle
    “Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. skil, a distinction, discernment; akin to skilja, to separate, divide, distinguish, Sw. skilja,. skille, to separate, skiel, reason, right, justice, Sw. skäl, reason, Lith. skelli, to cleave. Cf. Shell Shoal, a multitude


In literature:

Some master it easily, some with more difficulty, and some, it is to be feared, never become skilled in its use.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
Dick Harvey had fixed it beyond the skill of that skilful mechanician to unfasten.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
As a preliminary, may I ask if you are skilled in the use of the sword?
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
The Indians were originally very skillful in the manufacture of the few essential articles that were absolutely necessary for their use.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
At Mr Ross's request Kinesasis skillfully threw a lasso over him and brought him out of the kennels.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Among them were skilled critics of art work.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
So skilled were its weavers that the threads were of hair-like fineness.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
Then he would take a pen and write some verses; after which he would proceed to embellish the lines by many skillful flourishes.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Its border and the design of the figures were a miracle of skill in color and combination.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

How strange thy works! how great thy skill!
And every land thy riches fill:
Thy wisdom round the world we see;
This spacious earth is full of thee.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
O friend beloved, whose curious skill
Keeps bright the last year's leaves and flowers,
With warm, glad, summer thoughts to fill
The cold, dark, winter hours
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Yes—it is still—the lyre is still;
The spirit which its slumbers broke
Hath pass'd away,—and that weak hand that woke
Its forest melodies hath lost its skill.
"Fragments" by Henry Kirke White
And more there is: for while we love your books
Because their subtle skill is part of you;
We love you better, for our friendship looks
Behind them to the human heart of you.
"Thomas Bailey Aldrich" by Henry Van Dyke
Nothing escapes them both; all must appeare,
And be dispos'd, and dress'd, and tun'd by thee,
Who sweetly temper'st all. If we could heare
Thy skill and art, what musick would it be!
"Providence" by George Herbert
Oh, boy-god, Love!--An archer thou!--
Thy utmost skill I fain would test;
One arrow aim at Lelia now,
And let thy target be her breast!
Her heart bind in thy captive train,
Or give me back my own again!
"Lines After The Manner Of The Olden Time." by George Pope Morris

In news:

On Sunday evening (Aug 12), community group Troy Shares held its third skills-share meeting of 2012 at the Oakwood Community Center at Hoosick and 10th streets.
Braise Culinary School offers knife skills class.
Check his dancing skills out.
Action star Jean-Vlaude Van Damme is known for his movies, martial arts skills and now his gorgeous offspring.
Before Winter, Brush Up on Those Driving Skills.
Three Rivers Festival Provides Class to Brush Up on Lifesaving Skills.
Brush Up On Your Skills Boys.
So you could say the Bulldozer 's real skill is not in being an awesome processor but adequately withstanding cold temperatures.
Brad Bushman , Ohio State University – Video Games and Shooting Skill.
Sebastian " Busty " Tris-cari, 91, formerly of 8 Shaw Ave, passed away at 11:05 am Sunday (Oct, 21, 2012), in the Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
Sebastian " Busty " Triscari, 91, formerly of 8 Shaw Ave, passed away at 11:05 am Sunday (October 21, 2012) in the Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
Some of the devotees who keep the old techniques alive are eager to share those skills.
Views differ on whether it has to do with skills, education or training.
But the club believes it has assembled a solid core of skilled forwards from the past two drafts.
It's easy if you have the pioneering skills.

In science:

Both identities, together with the unifying supersymmetric variant of Colour-Flavour Transformation (CFT) and extensions to other classical groups, were originally discovered by Zirnbauer in 1996 [41, 42] and proved by a skillful use of the machinery of generalized coherent states .
A few remarks on Colour-Flavour Transformations,truncations of random unitary matrices, Berezin reproducing kernels and Selberg type integrals
For instance, the encoding of p2 requires a set, as we want to count different skills: two employees in the team having the same skill count once w.r.t. p2 .
Design and Implementation of Aggregate Functions in the DLV System
Some studies in the past have revealed weaknesses in programmers on relation with these basic skills ().
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
Apparently, such a skill is here being exercised.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective
We believe that it is adequate in our context where procedural programming skills and knowledge are both relevant.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective