Definitions

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

  • n. A system of manual training developed in Sweden, based on the use of tools in woodworking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. skilled mechanical work; trade work; hence, a system (usually called the sloyd system) of manual training in the practical use of the tools and materials used in the trades, and of instruction in the making and use of the plans and specifications connected with trade work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lit., skilled mechanical work, such as that required in wood carving; trade work; hence, a system (usually called the sloyd system) of manual training in the practical use of the tools and materials used in the trades, and of instruction in the making and use of the plans and specifications connected with trade work. The sloyd system derives its name from the fact that it was adopted or largely developed from a similar Swedish system, in which wood carving was a chief feature. Its purpose is not only to afford practical skill in some trade, but also to develop the pupils mentally and physically.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See sloid.

Etymologies

Swedish slöjd, skill, skilled labor; akin to Old Norse slœgdh, dexterity; see sleight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Swedish slöjd ("handicraft, handiwork, skills") (Wiktionary)

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  • Why must we assemble and be annoyed
    And labor in ways we could avoid?
    The basic idea
    Informing IKEA
    Is for Swedes to make use of their sloyd.

    October 17, 2014

  • Skilled work (usually manufacturing) which requires dexterous use of tools.

    May 14, 2008