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 Family Engineering Night: Families with school‑age children are welcome to participate in engineering competitions that challenges their STEM skills at the North Ridgeville Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. cleveland, "CRS appoints Ohradzansky as executive director: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 23 Nov. 2019 Abrams-Draine used his skills in all three areas of the game to lead the Toros to a 28-21 win over Park Crossing in the quarterfinals of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs. al, "Ole Miss commit Kris Abrams-Draine leads Spanish Fort past Park Crossing," 23 Nov. 2019 Caves throughout Southeast Asia were ransacked, swiftlet populations plummeted and many climbers found their skills redundant. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 Florida Power & Light is probably the most powerful of Florida’s utilities in terms of their influence in the state — by size, money and their skill. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "FPL spends millions to sway lawmakers. The result can affect your electric bill.," 22 Nov. 2019 The hope is to make robots less reliant on human coding for their skills, and capable of adapting quickly to complex new tasks and environments. Wired, "Alphabet's Dream of an 'Everyday Robot' Is Just Out of Reach," 21 Nov. 2019 The head of security at the Forest Ridge Mall sees a chance to display his unappreciated cop skills and impress his dream girl. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 22-28," 21 Nov. 2019 Wake Forest special teams coordinator Wayne Lineburg said Maggio has worked diligently to hone his skills, usually working by himself as Lineburg also coaches the tight ends. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "As end to historic Wake Forest career nears, Monkton’s Dom Maggio hopes to join dad as punters drafted by NFL," 21 Nov. 2019 His next assignment, Mexico City, was a good match for his skills. USA Today, "JFK files: CIA spy in Cuba ‘befriended’ Castro, Che; played key role amid nuclear-war fears," 21 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for skill

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

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Skill.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skilling. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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