1. an ability that has been acquired by training;
[syn: skill, accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment]
2. ability to produce solutions in some problem domain;
- Example: "the skill of a well-trained boxer"
- Example: "the sweet science of pugilism"
[syn: skill, science]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Skill \Skill\, n. [Icel. skil a distinction, discernment; akin to skilja to separate, divide, distinguish, Sw. skilja,. skille to separate, skiel reason, right, justice, Sw. sk[aum]l reason, Lith. skelli to cleave. Cf. Shell, Shoal, a multitude.] 1. Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause. [Obs.] --Shak. "As it was skill and right." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] For great skill is, he prove that he wrought. [For with good reason he should test what he created.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Knowledge; understanding. [Obsoles.] [1913 Webster] That by his fellowship he color might Both his estate and love from skill of any wight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Nor want we skill or art. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. 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; as, the skill of a mathematician, physician, surgeon, mechanic, etc. [1913 Webster] Phocion, . . . by his great wisdom and skill at negotiations, diverted Alexander from the conquest of Athens. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Where patience her sweet skill imparts. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 4. Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Richard . . . by a thousand princely skills, gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 5. Any particular art. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Learned in one skill, and in another kind of learning unskillful. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] Syn: Dexterity; adroitness; expertness; art; aptitude; ability. Usage: Skill, Dexterity, Adroitness. Skill is more intelligent, denoting familiar knowledge united to readiness of performance. Dexterity, when applied to the body, is more mechanical, and refers to habitual ease of execution. Adroitness involves the same image with dexterity, and differs from it as implaying a general facility of movement (especially in avoidance of danger or in escaping from a difficalty). The same distinctions apply to the figurative sense of the words. A man is skillful in any employment when he understands both its theory and its practice. He is dexterous when he maneuvers with great lightness. He is adroit in the use od quick, sudden, and well-directed movements of the body or the mind, so as to effect the object he has in view. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Skill \Skill\, v. t. To know; to understand. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To skill the arts of expressing our mind. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Skill \Skill\, v. i. 1. To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I can not skill of these thy ways. --Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a difference; to signify; to matter; -- used impersonally. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold About thy neck do drown thee? --Herbert. [1913 Webster] It skills not talking of it. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
skill n 1: an ability that has been acquired by training [syn: skill, accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment] 2: ability to produce solutions in some problem domain; "the skill of a well-trained boxer"; "the sweet science of pugilism" [syn: skill, science]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
104 Moby Thesaurus words for "skill": Mnemosyne, ability, accomplishment, adeptness, adroitness, affect memory, anterograde memory, aptitude, art, artistry, ascendancy, atavism, capability, cleverness, collective memory, command, computer memory, craft, cunning, deanship, deftness, dexterity, dexterousness, disk memory, drum memory, ease, emotional response, engram, excellence, experience, expertise, expertism, expertness, facility, faculty, favor, finesse, forte, gift, greatness, handiness, incomparability, information storage, ingenuity, inimitability, kinesthetic memory, knack, know-how, lead, majority, mastership, mastery, mechanics, mechanism, memory, memory bank, memory circuit, memory trace, method, mind, mneme, one-upmanship, precedence, predominance, predomination, preeminence, preponderance, prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, prestige, priority, privilege, proficiency, prowess, quickness, race memory, readiness, recollection, remembrance, right-of-way, science, screen memory, seniority, skillfulness, sleight, souvenir, strength, success, superiority, talent, tape memory, technic, technical know-how, technical knowledge, technical skill, technics, technique, technology, transcendence, transcendency, verbal response, virtuosity, visual memoryThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
Skill A somewhat peculiar blend between Franz-Lisp and C, with a large set of various CAD primitives. It is owned by Cadence Design Systems and has been used in their CAD frameworks since 1985. It's an extension language to the CAD framework (in the same way that Emacs-Lisp extends GNU Emacs), enabling you to automate virtually everything that you can do manually in for example the graphic editor. Skill accepts C-syntax, fun(a b), as well as Lisp syntax, (fun a b), but most users (including Cadence themselves) use the C-style. [Jonas Jarnestrom
]. (1995-02-14)Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SKILL, contracts. The art of doing a thing as it ought to be done. 2. Every person who purports to have skill in la business, and undertakes for hire to perform it, is bound to do it with ordinary skill, and is responsible civilly in damages for the want of it; 11 M. & W. 483; and sometimes he is responsible criminally. Vide Mala Praxis; 2 Russ. on Cr. 288, 3. The degree of skill and diligence required, rises in proportion to the value of the article, and the delicacy of the operation: more skill is required, for example, to repair a very delicate mathematical instrument, than upon a common instrument. Jones' Bailm. 91; 2 Kent, Com. 458, 463; 1 Bell's Com. 459; 2 Ld. Raym. 909, 918; Domat, liv. 1, t. 4, Sec. 8, n. 1; Poth. Louage, n. 425; Pardess. n. 528; Ayl. Pand. B. 4, t. 7, p. 466; Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 3, Sec. 16; 1 Rolle, Ab. 10; Story's Bailm. Sec. 431, et seq.; 2 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 144.