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 This fun and relaxing method is easy for any skill level. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 8 Nov. 2019 In The Great Pretender, journalist Susannah Cahalan turns her investigative skills to this famous experiment. Naina Bajekal, Time, "She Was Misdiagnosed With Bipolar Disorder. Now She's Probing the Gaps in Our Understanding of Mental Illness," 7 Nov. 2019 The Winter League is one that many major league players use to hone their skills in the offseason, and baseball is part of Venezuela's national fabric. Fox News, "Crisis throws curve ball at opening of Venezuelan baseball," 7 Nov. 2019 Morit believes in fitness for everyone and wants all people—regardless of their ethnicity, size, or skill level—to feel welcome in any fitness environment. SELF, "How We Chose the 2019 SELF Fitness Award Winners," 5 Nov. 2019 By simulating a weightless environment, the pool helps astronauts to perfect their manual skills before leaving Earth. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "F1 duo starstruck by astronauts' 'mission for the good of humanity'," 5 Nov. 2019 This will be the Hoosiers’ way this season, almost regardless of the opponent’s skill level. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball bulls its way to exhibition victory over Gannon," 30 Oct. 2019 She's grown as a person, she's changed her body physically, she's increased her skill level. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the Wildcats: Kentucky women's basketball team superlatives for the 2019-20 season," 25 Oct. 2019 Collins surpassed his father’s skill level by the time reached 10th grade, Mike Collins says. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Student of the game: Zach Collins, primed for a bigger role with Portland Trail Blazers, has long been preparing for this moment," 22 Oct. 2019 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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for skill

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

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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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