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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Work didn’t mention artificial intelligence in his speech, and his initial description of technologies was wide-ranging, focused on the idea of agility and flexibility rather than a specific type of military weapon. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 Strength and agility are a must as lineworkers are required to lift heavy equipment up towering poles and through underground tunnels. Washington Post, "High-voltage women wanted; must enjoy breaking ground," 29 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, the dog uses it as his personal agility course. Jennifer Chesak, Twin Cities, "Jennifer Chesak: My dad obsesses over his lawn. I ripped mine up.," 14 June 2019 His unmatched lateral agility and stop/start control created some of football’s most magical plays. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Reviving a cultural tradition Native Youth Olympics is a statewide annual sporting event based on traditional games created by Alaska Native hunters to train their bodies for agility, balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Anchorage Daily News, "The healing power of community: NYO coach leads the way in reviving healthy cultural traditions in Southeast Alaska," 27 Aug. 2019 That could be seen at the Proms: the double octaves were executed with agility, her fingers appearing fleetingly on the keys yet leaving a lasting impression. E.h., The Economist, "The wondrous power of Martha Argerich," 22 Aug. 2019 More agility equipment is scheduled to arrive soon along with solar lights, organizers said. Johanna Seltz,, "Lola, Benny, and the gang romp at new Abington Dog Park," 15 Aug. 2019 But Montgomery’s true gifts — his ability to break tackles plus his vision and agility to avoid them — needed to be tested in game conditions. Dan Wiederer,, "Rookie running back David Montgomery gives the Bears — and their fans — a taste of the future in his preseason debut," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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