skill

noun
\ ˈskil How to pronounce skill (audio) \

Definition of skill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance
b : dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks
2 : a learned power of doing something competently : a developed aptitude or ability language skills
3 obsolete : cause, reason

skill

verb
skilled; skilling; skills

Definition of skill (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic
: to make a difference : matter, avail

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Other Words from skill

Noun

skill-less or skilless \ ˈskil-​ləs How to pronounce skilless (audio) \ adjective
skill-lessness or skillessness noun

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Noun

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

Examples of skill in a Sentence

Noun Poker is a game of luck and skill. The work is difficult and requires a lot of skill. Cooking is a useful skill. He has excellent social skills.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Administration officials say the shift will allow the government to hire a more inclusive workforce based on skill instead of a person’s education level. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump to sign order prioritizing job skills over college degree in government hiring," 26 June 2020 Epicurious recently invited chefs of three differing skill levels to make fried rice which was then reviewed by a food scientist. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Tips to improve your fried rice game (video)," 24 June 2020 Potentially in a season or two, the Wings’ top-four corps would feature Drysdale, Moritz Seider (Yzerman’s top pick in 2019), Filip Hronek and Danny DeKeyser, a group that would mix offensive skill with size and grit. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "NHL draft lottery countdown: What Red Wings could do with fourth pick," 22 June 2020 Humans naturally crave a sense of accomplishment, whether that's achieved through completing a crossword puzzle, learning a new skill, or tidying up around the house. Christie Galeano-demott, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Get Organized for Good," 18 June 2020 Being able to explain concepts, safety issues and new ways for a healthier lifestyle is a major skill when working with diverse populations. Houston Chronicle, "Develop these core skills for a thriving nursing career," 13 June 2020 Thoughts revolve around adding to your earning power and perfecting a new job skill. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 12 June 2020 Budgeting is an important life skill for everyone to have, but it’s not something everyone is taught how to do. Giana Han, al, "Experts share tips on why and how to budget," 10 June 2020 For skill-dependent single-player games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or Bloodborne, where flowing movement and correct positioning is often essential, mapping the back buttons to control dodges and jumps provides much the same benefit. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Sony’s Back Button Attachment is finally back in stock, so here’s our review," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On July 29, a youth skills camp, free of charge for boys and girls, will take place at the Keney Woodland Basketball Courts in Keney Park in Hartford. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Celebrating Hartford's Rich Basketball History In July," 31 May 2017 Better options for a ramp-down business would include services that leverage expertise or skills the entrepreneur is already known for. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Business startup as career ramp-down," 13 May 2017 Instruction focuses on what is interesting and meaningful to each child, layering necessary skilling on top, with six classes divided into age groups. Nadine Jolie Courtney, Town & Country, "These Preschools Are the Ivy League of Early Education," 11 Oct. 2016 Occasionally you are made to feel adrift in narrative Siberia, left to dream about condensation and editing, about the knife skills an oral historian should have in her kit. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Laureate of Russian Misery, Has an English-Language Milestone MAY 20, 2016," 24 May 2016 There are also medical engineers skilled in the use of advanced diagnostic equipment, and hydro-engineers to stave off the flooding. David Hiser, National Geographic, "Bringing the Ghostly City of Pompeii Back to Life," 8 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of skill

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skill

Noun

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

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for skill

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The first known use of skill was in the 13th century

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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skill. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for skill

skill

noun
How to pronounce skill (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skill

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

skill

noun
\ ˈskil How to pronounce skill (audio) \

Kids Definition of skill

1 : ability that comes from training or practice The band played with skill.
2 : a developed or acquired ability The skill of diving can be learned.

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