wiz·​ard·​ry | \ ˈwi-zər-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio) , ˈwi-zə-drē\
plural wizardries

Definition of wizardry

1 : the art or practices of a wizard : sorcery
2a : a seemingly magical transforming power or influence electronic wizardry
b : great skill or cleverness in an activity showed real wizardry in legal maneuvering

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Examples of wizardry in a Sentence

The Lord of the Rings is a story of monsters, heroes, and wizardry. the wizardry of modern technology

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The key features of this molecular wizardry are pores, called stomata, in plant leaves. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 2018 The Cold Blue builds a mesmerizing historical journey with a one-two punch of technological wizardry and emotional but never cloying artistry. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 Those new planes were dreamt up when the industry’s future seemed focused in kerosene-burning, tube-and-wing shaped aircraft; the recent technological wizardry of such planes is in their fuel conservation, range and quiet engines. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future," 21 July 2018 The niches are just the start of the visual wizardry in this one-bedroom space. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "Every Wall is Handpainted in this Tiny Palm Beach Apartment," 11 Mar. 2019 Once one of the highlights of the season and an incubator for innovation and on-track wizardry, the race has been more of a solution for insomnia in recent years. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Restrictor plates add competitive, gimmicky shine to NASCAR All-Star Race," 19 May 2018 But due to some engineering gee-wizardry, the spacecraft will operate comfortably at around room temperature. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 But technical wizardry doesn't happen without funding. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX says its BFR will fly someone around the Moon; we have questions," 14 Sep. 2018 However, a piece of second half wizardry from Simeone Nwankwo handed the hosts a well earned point heading into the weekend. SI.com, "Crotone 1-1 Juventus: Magical Equaliser Hinders Juventus' Title Bid as Napoli Beat Udinese," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wizardry

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wizardry

: the magical things done by a wizard
: something that is very impressive in a way that seems magical


wiz·​ard·​ry | \ ˈwi-zər-drē How to pronounce wizardry (audio) \

Kids Definition of wizardry

: the art or practice of a sorcerer

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