agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \
plural agilities

Definition of agility

: the quality or state of being agile : nimbleness, dexterity played with increasing agility

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Examples of agility in a Sentence

a gymnast whose agility on the parallel bars has won him several medals

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There is a purely scientific application for the DelFly that includes studying and replicating insect flight dynamics and high-agility maneuvers, like the ones that fruit flies use to evade predators or humans. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The DelFly Nimble robot can fly like a real insect," 14 Sep. 2018 In its 143rd year, purebreds big and small—as well as cats!—gather to compete for the top honors in categories such as obedience, breed, group, and agility. Chris Maggio, Vogue, "At Westminster, Very Good Dogs Put On A Very Good Show," 13 Feb. 2019 Designers of electric sports cars, in particular, want motors to be smaller and lighter in order to reduce unsprung wheel weight that bogs down handling and agility. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Speaking of Spokes: The Design That Could Change How Electric Car Motors Are Made," 20 Nov. 2018 Worth noting for Dota 2 diehards: heroes are now split into four color categories (red, blue, green, black) instead of the three categories in the original Dota 2 game (red/strength, blue/intelligence, green/agility). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Artifact beta: Learn how to play Valve’s first card game… and how to pay," 17 Nov. 2018 Another first-year nominee, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moss brought the perfect combination of height, speed, soft hands and agility to Minnesota as the 21st overall draft pick in 1998 after a rocky college career. Barry Wilner, Fox News, "Ray Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech," 5 Aug. 2018 Although approaches vary, the overall aim for active older adults is to promote physical and mental agility and keep loneliness at bay. Sharon Jayson, Washington Post, "Will We Still Be Relevant ‘When We’re 64’?," 15 May 2018 Playing table tennis competitively provides great agility work, coordination, and cardio. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Look Inside the Challenging and Misunderstood Sport of Table Tennis," 9 Jan. 2019 In addition to the horse races and showcases at the event, there are also dog agility runs, dog shows, and presentations by The Royal Agricultural University Beagles and The Duke of Beaufort's Hounds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Anne and Her Dog Are on Their Way To Steal Your Man," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of agility

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agility

Middle English agilite, borrowed from Anglo-French agilitee, borrowed from Latin agilitāt-, agilitās, from agilis agile + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \

Kids Definition of agility

: the ability to move quickly and easily She moved with great agility for such an old woman.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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