from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Skill and grace in physical movement, especially in the use of the hands; adroitness.
- n. Mental skill or adroitness; cleverness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Right-handedness.
- n. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts.
- n. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers; quickness and skill in managing any complicated or difficult affair; adroitness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Greater facility in using the right hand than the left; right-handedness.
- n. Manual skill; skill in using the hands, especially in mechanical or artistic work; hence, physical suppleness or adroitness in general; that readiness in action which proceeds from experience or practice, united with activity or precision of motion.
- n. Mental adroitness or skill; cleverness; promptness in devising expedients; quickness and skill in managing or conducting a scheme of operations.
- n. Synonyms Address, facility, faculty, tact, cleverness, aptness, aptitude, ability, art, knack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. adroitness in using the hands
They must nourish those whose eye or ear or manual dexterity is their greatest asset.
Her dexterity is not notable either in comparison with the normal person, whose movements are guided by the eye, or, I am told, with other blind people.
Our language expresses this supremacy of the favoured side in the terms dexterity, adroitness and address, all of which allude to the right hand.
Peter Sellers’ comic dexterity is on display in three decidedly different roles, and George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden are also drop-dead funny in caricatures of trigger-happy military types.
His dexterity was a beautiful sight; but on looking back I wondered how human beings ever devised to cross such a flood.
One day, meditating on this melancholy subject, I exercised myself in throwing stones at the trunks of trees, with my usual dexterity, that is to say, without hitting any of them.
Recalling the dexterity of the native -- all the more wonderful because of his bulk -- he reflected, that it was the easiest thing in the world for him to turn like a flash and pierce him with his poisoned javelin before the slightest defence could be made.
He will outwit you, but his dexterity is a giant's -- a simple evolution rapidly performed: and nothing so much perplexes pygmies!
The serf upon whom Ivan was about to exercise his dexterity was a man of five or six-and-thirty, red of hair and beard, a little above average height.
I exercised myself in throwing stones at the trunks of trees, with my usual dexterity, that is to say, without hitting any of them.