dexterity


dex·ter·i·ty

noun \dek-ˈster-ə-tē, -ˈste-rə-\

: the ability to use your hands skillfully

: the ability to easily move in a way that is graceful

: clever skill : the ability to think and act quickly and cleverly

plural dex·ter·i·ties

Full Definition of DEXTERITY

1
:  mental skill or quickness :  adroitness
2
:  readiness and grace in physical activity; especially :  skill and ease in using the hands <manual dexterity>

Examples of DEXTERITY

  1. The job requires manual dexterity.
  2. He has the dexterity needed to deal cards quickly.
  3. The amazing dexterity of the acrobat.
  4. He's a teacher known for his imagination and verbal dexterity.
  5. Russ Cellan, Ferguson's coach at Freeport (New York) High, and Ron Prince, his former offensive line coach at Virginia, both attribute Ferguson's dexterity and footwork to his extensive martial arts training … —Nunyo Demasio, Sports Illustrated, 10 Apr. 2006

Origin of DEXTERITY

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dexterité, from Latin dexteritat-, dexteritas, from dexter (see dexterous)
First Known Use: 1518

dex·ter·i·ty

noun \dek-ˈster-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural dex·ter·i·ties

Medical Definition of DEXTERITY

1
: readiness and grace in physical activity; especially : skill and ease in using the hands
2
: mental skill or quickness

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