dexterity

noun
dex·​ter·​i·​ty | \ dek-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce dexterity (audio) , -ˈste-rə-\
plural dexterities

Definition of dexterity

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

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Examples of dexterity in a Sentence

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 The Carcanet volume also offers its readers the advantage of seeing the German originals alongside the English, enabling them to perceive at a glance how much sympathy and linguistic dexterity Elliot has brought to the difficult but rewarding task of introducing a new generation of English readers to Heine's tragic but wonderfully vigorous and vivid late poetry. — S. S. Prawer, Times Literary Supplement, 28 Sept. - 4 Oct. 1990 But the mayor showed considerable political dexterity in the days following the fire, taking care to distance himself from on-site decisions while accepting full responsibility for the bombing itself. He made himself available to reporters, met with people from the fire-ravaged neighborhood, and was gracious enough not to blame subordinates. — Amy Wilentz, Time, 27 May 1985 The job requires manual dexterity. He has the dexterity needed to deal cards quickly. The amazing dexterity of the acrobat. He's a teacher known for his imagination and verbal dexterity.
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The result is that ordinary folks can use them with the dexterity and force of a professional. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "You Know What Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer? Pliers.," 29 Nov. 2018 Hegel’s observations have in turn become central to French literary culture, yet Mr. Curran, for all his dexterity with publication history, doesn’t examine the posthumous fate of this masterpiece. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Some are arranged to literally simulate lightsaber battles, and others seem scored for sheer manual dexterity, full of wide-ranging, rapid-fire patterns. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Why Beat Saber is my game of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 Then the robot sucks the bin into its belly and carries it to a conveyor belt, which conveys the milk to workers, who have the dexterity to grab the individual carton and pack it into a bag. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever," 15 Oct. 2018 Playing the piano requires speed, power, dexterity and flexibility. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Why Lang Lang’s Return Is a Big Deal for Classical Music," 4 July 2018 If these qualities represent anything other than physical strength and dexterity, the ad campaign offers no way to know. Faith Moore, WSJ, "Planned Princesshood," 2 Apr. 2018 The report later submitted included McMullen’s observations about Whalen’s speech, dexterity and writing ability. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington State Patrol detective violated woman’s rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules," 13 Nov. 2018 This exercise targets the foot and toe muscles to help improve mobility, dexterity, and strength in the 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments of each foot. SELF, "7 Ways to Treat Your Feet During Marathon Training," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dexterity

1518, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for dexterity

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dexterité, from Latin dexteritat-, dexteritas, from dexter — see dexterous

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dexterity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dexterity

: the ability to use your hands skillfully
: the ability to easily move in a way that is graceful
formal : clever skill : the ability to think and act quickly and cleverly

dexterity

noun
dex·​ter·​i·​ty | \ dek-ˈster-ə-tē How to pronounce dexterity (audio) \
plural dexterities

Kids Definition of dexterity

1 : skill and ease in the use of the hands or body
2 : the ability to think and act quickly and cleverly

dexterity

noun
dex·​ter·​i·​ty | \ dek-ˈster-ət-ē How to pronounce dexterity (audio) \
plural dexterities

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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