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skill

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intransitive verb \ˈskil\

Definition of skill

archaic

  1. :  to make a difference :  matter, avail



Origin of skill

Middle English skilen, from Old Norse skilja to separate, divide; akin to Old Norse skil distinction


First Known Use: 13th century


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skill

noun

Simple Definition of skill

  • : the ability to do something that comes from training, experience, or practice

Full Definition of skill

  1. 1 obsolete :  cause, reason

  2. 2a :  the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performanceb :  dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks

  3. 3 :  a learned power of doing something competently :  a developed aptitude or ability <language skills>

skill–less or skil·less play \ˈskil-ləs\ adjective
skill–less·ness or skil·less·ness noun

Examples of skill

  1. Poker is a game of luck and skill.

  2. The work is difficult and requires a lot of skill.

  3. Cooking is a useful skill.

  4. He has excellent social skills.



Origin of skill

Middle English skil, from Old Norse, distinction, knowledge; probably akin to Old English scylian to separate, sciell shell — more at shell


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of skill

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power <the art of choosing the right word>. skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency <the skill of a glassblower>. cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. craft may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>.



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