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 skill (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 Throwing accuracy is not a prized skill among riders. New York Times, "A Ban on Bottle Tossing Disrupts a Tradition in Cycling," 14 Apr. 2021 Throwing catchable passes is a skill both junior Casey Thompson and redshirt freshman Hudson Card appear to have. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas' Steve Sarkisian 'pleased' with quarterbacks Casey Thompson, Hudson Card," 13 Apr. 2021 The imbalance applied to postings for high-skill jobs as well, the study found. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds," 9 Apr. 2021 Volunteering for public service in one’s community, mastering a sport, developing a practical skill, and planning, training for, and completing an adventurous expedition through a hostile landscape are all prerequisites for receiving the award. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Farewell to Prince Philip," 9 Apr. 2021 But in recent years, many parents have opted to train their kids with balance bikes, pedalless two-wheelers that enable children to develop the coordination needed for bicycling—a skill that is not as easily acquired with an extra set of wheels. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Our Brain Typically Overlooks This Brilliant Problem-Solving Strategy," 7 Apr. 2021 The supportive housing model at Dunlap Pointe brings services such as counseling or life-skill training directly to residents at the facility. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "New housing facility and treatment center in Sunnyslope prioritize veterans," 24 Mar. 2021 For example, according to ManpowerGroup, 48% of companies in Canada face talent scarcity or technical skill gaps for hiring. Shlomo Bielak, Forbes, "The Travesties And Realities Of Hiring In The 'New Normal'," 4 Mar. 2021 But how do changes like those affect the lowest-skill workers — who presumably are the people minimum-wage hikes are most intended to help? D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "A new consensus on the minimum wage? Yes, but …," 13 Feb. 2021 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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20 Apr 2021

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“Skill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skill. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for skill

skill

noun

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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