1. [syn: dexterity, manual dexterity, sleight]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dexterity \Dex*ter"i*ty\, n. [L. dexteritas, fr. dexter: cf. F.
dext['e]rit['e]. See Dexter.]
2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease
in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as,
dexterity with the chisel.
In youth quick bearing and dexterity. --Shak.
3. Readiness in the use or control of the mental powers;
quickness and skill in managing any complicated or
difficult affair; adroitness.
His wisdom . . . was turned . . . into a dexterity
to deliver himself. --Bacon.
He had conducted his own defense with singular
boldness and dexterity. --Hallam.
Syn: Adroitness; activity; nimbleness; expertness; skill;
cleverness; art; ability; address; tact; facility;
aptness; aptitude; faculty. See Skill.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: adroitness in using the hands [syn: dexterity, manual
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
113 Moby Thesaurus words for "dexterity":
ability, acuity, acuteness, address, adeptness, adroitness,
airmanship, aptitude, aptness, art, artfulness, artisanship,
artistry, astuteness, braininess, bravura, brightness, brilliance,
canniness, capability, capacity, clear thinking, cleverness,
command, competence, control, coordination, craft, craftsmanship,
cunning, deftness, dexterousness, dextrality, dextrocularity,
dextroduction, dextrogyration, dextrorotation, dextrousness,
dextroversion, diplomacy, efficiency, effortlessness, esprit,
expertise, facility, finesse, flair, genius, giftedness, gifts,
grace, grip, guile, handiness, horsemanship, ingeniousness,
ingenuity, keen-wittedness, keenness, knack, know-how,
marksmanship, mastership, mastery, mental alertness,
mercurial mind, native cleverness, nimble mind, nimble-wittedness,
nimbleness, nous, practical ability, proficiency, prowess,
quick parts, quick thinking, quick wit, quick-wittedness,
quickness, readiness, ready wit, resource, resourcefulness,
right-handedness, rightness, savoir-faire, savvy, seamanship,
sharp-wittedness, sharpness, shrewdness, skill, skillfulness,
sleight, sleight of hand, smartness, smarts, smoothness,
sprightly wit, style, tact, tactfulness, talent,
technical brilliance, technical mastery, technical skill,
technique, timing, touch, virtuosity, wit, wizardry, workmanship