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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Such a skill is of considerable value in the postseason, given the wealth of power arms that teams face. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 So be diligent about completing whatever assignment your therapist gives you to practice the new skill or coping technique in your daily life. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 After retiring from football, Dr. Menton developed a skill and passion for croquet. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 FaZe began in 2010 as a collective of Call of Duty players who got famous for trickshotting — a style of flashy, difficult shooting that highlights a player’s skill. Jonathan Lee, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Your brain currently has the capacity to take on even the more challenging informative materials, so put it to work and get that new skill under your belt. Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Think of goodbyes as a key socioemotional skill for our species. New York Times, 19 July 2022 Mastery, meanwhile, can be achieved through any activity that challenges a person to be good (or at least passable) at a new skill. Chris Woolston, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 July 2022 When Raffi finds transcendence playing soccer, that is when his father’s narrative of the encounter—imparting a valuable social and emotional skill to my son—falls away to the rapture of regular intimacy, the thrill of just being alive in the world. Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 8 Apr. 2016 See More

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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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“Skill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skill. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for skill

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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