Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble.
  • adj. Mentally quick or alert: an agile mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs; apt or ready to move; nimble; active; as, an agile boy; an agile tongue.
  • adj. Of or relating to Agile software development, a technique for iterative and incremental development of software involving collaboration between teams.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs; apt or ready to move; nimble; active

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nimble; having the faculty of quick motion; apt or ready to move; brisk; active: said of the mind as well as of the body.
  • Synonyms Nimble, Agile (see nimble), quick, lively, alert, supple, spry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. mentally quick
  • adj. moving quickly and lightly

Etymologies

French, from Latin agilis, from agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French agile, from Latin agilis ("agile, nimble"), from agō ("do, act; move"). See agent. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Throwing the term agile into any title and leading statement is fodder for dissenting options.

    Planet Geospatial

  • - "Ok, so you don't like the term agile … but I'm more than happy to use it to describe what I see is way forward for GIS mapping."

    Planet Geospatial

  • We decide to use the term agile to describe this new breed of, setting out the values and principles of these agile processes.

    Martin Fowler's Bliki

  • It's closely related to what they call agile (or rapid) program development.

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  • I was only challenging the Blogger to his "Agile Mapping" title and the first line of information that suggested that with this example we were to conclude "agile mapping is where we need to be" … Throwing the term agile into any title and leading statement is fodder for dissenting options.

    Planet Geospatial

  • Another level could be called "agile big data," whose concern is solving a different class of problems and allows more experimentation.

    Forbes.com: News

  • The terms agile or waterfall tend to be used rather than any mention of Toyota (although I am aware of one source that talks about kanban software development) but the concepts of managing by walking around, standardized work, the worker stopping the assembly line, the extended supplier community supplying parts just in time and so forth sounds a lot like community forums, rapid application development,

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  • He is the guy they think of when they used the word agile - responsive, adaptable to new requirements.

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  • And I thought it was worth mentioning that General Franks used the word "agile" -- am I hearing the sirens going off there?

    CNN Transcript Mar 22, 2003

  • Unless you’re equating premature release with agile, which shouldn’t be the case unless agile is poorly implemented (which, unfortunately, it frequently is).

    Slow, steady and iterative wins the race | FactoryCity

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  • also a project management approach for software development

    May 14, 2009

  • The basketball players are very agile.

    March 30, 2007