American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience. See Synonyms at ability.
- n. An art, trade, or technique, particularly one requiring use of the hands or body.
- n. A developed talent or ability: writing skills.
- n. Obsolete A reason; a cause.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set apart; separate.
- Hence, to discern; have knowledge or understanding (to); know how: usually with an infinitive.
- To have perception or comprehension; have understanding; discern: followed by of or on.
- To have personal and practical knowledge (of); be versed or practised; hence, to be expert or dexterous: commonly followed by of.
- To make difference; signify; matter: used impersonally, and generally with a negative.
- n. The discriminating or reasoning faculty; the mind.
- n. Discriminative power; discernment; understanding; reason; wit.
- n. Reasonableness; propriety; rightness; justice; proper course; wise measure; also, rightful claim; right.
- n. Reasoning; argument; proof; also, cause; reason.
- n. Practical knowledge and ability; power of action or execution; readiness and excellence in applying wisdom or science to practical ends; expertness; dexterity.
- n. A particular power, ability, or art; a gift or attainment; an accomplishment.
- n. That for which one is specially qualified; one's forte.
- n. Synonyms Facility, knack. See adroit.
- v. transitive To set apart; separate.
- v. transitive To discern; have knowledge or understanding; to know how (to).
- v. intransitive To have knowledge or comprehension; discern.
- v. intransitive To have personal or practical knowledge of; be versed or practised; be expert or dextrous.
- v. intransitive, archaic To make a difference; signify; matter.
- n. Capacity to do something well; technique, ability. Skills are usually acquired or learned, as opposed to abilities, which are often thought of as innate.
- adj. UK, slang great, excellent
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.
- n. obsolescent Knowledge; understanding.
- n. The familiar knowledge of any art or science, united with readiness and dexterity in execution or performance, or in the application of the art or science to practical purposes; power to discern and execute; ability to perceive and perform; expertness; aptitude.
- n. obsolete Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.
- n. obsolete Any particular art.
- v. obsolete To know; to understand.
- v. obsolete To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance.
- v. To make a difference; to signify; to matter; -- used impersonally.
- n. an ability that has been acquired by training
- n. ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
- From Middle English skill, skille (also schil, schile), from Old English *scile and Old Norse skil ("a distinction, discernment, knowledge"), from Proto-Germanic *skilin (“separation, limit”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kalǝ-, *(s)kelǝ- (“to split, cut”). Cognate with Danish skel ("a separation, boundary, divide"), Swedish skäl ("reason"), Dutch verschil ("difference").Dutch schillen (verb) ("to sperate the outer layer (schil) from the product"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English skil, from Old Norse, discernment; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To be sure, some pupils can develop skill much faster than others, but the point is, that _skill has to be developed_.”
“His main skill is Disguise at +11, which would normally mean a pretty hardcore DC of 21 for the seekers.”
“The term skill is used in Preisendorfer 1988 uses the term “skill”, who uses the term “hindcast skill”, where, as I read his equation 9.48, it is equivalent to what we would call the calibration r2 statistic.”
“Fritts 1991 uses the term skill with less forcefulness as follows:”
“The traffic in skill is not confined to activity in our island itself, since Canada has been for some years a magnet for Barbadian would-be immigrants and migrant workers.”
“Thriving in life requires learning to work with others, to learn what I call the skill of perspective taking.”
“Once word patterns have been noticed within a natural discourse – then the skill is about creating a realistic/communicative task which would provide an opportunity for students to “activate” the particular patterns noticed.”
“Granted, this skill is a luxury derived from media, moderate wealth in comparison, and American schooling, it has become apparent in my daily activities.”
“My evoking his skill is a rhetorical maneuver in itself.”
“Obama’s main skill is hiding behind his teleprompter to mask his true IQ.”
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