skill




If you have an ability that required practice, training, or experience, you have a skill. His welding skill allowed him to create wonderful pieces of art out of metal plumbing pipes. He called his best work “Peace Pipes.”

Chess is a game of skill, but Old Maid is a game of luck. The noun skill comes from an Old Norse word, skil, which means distinction. His swimming skills left a lot to be desired: he flailed around in the pool, churning up water like an egg beater. It kept him from drowning, but it didn’t look pretty. You’re supposed to learn basic math and reading skills in elementary school.

Definitions of skill
  1. noun

    an ability that has been acquired by training

    synonyms:
    accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment
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    craft, craftsmanship, workmanship

    skill in an occupation or trade
    horsemanship

    skill in handling and riding horses
    literacy

    the ability to read and write
    marksmanship

    skill in shooting
    mastership

    the skill of a master
    mixology

    skill in preparing mixed drinks
    numeracy

    skill with numbers and mathematics
    oarsmanship

    skill as an oarsman
    salesmanship

    skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy
    seamanship

    skill in sailing
    showmanship

    the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
    soldiering, soldiership

    skills that are required for the life of soldier
    swordsmanship

    skill in fencing
    boatmanship

    skill in handling boats
    housecraft

    skill in domestic management
    priestcraft

    the skills involved in the work of a priest
    stagecraft

    skill in writing or staging plays
    tradecraft

    skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
    watercraft

    skill in the management of boats
    woodcraft

    skill in carving or fashioning objects from wood
    type of:

    ability, power

    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

  2. noun

    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

    “the
    skill of a well-trained boxer”
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    science
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    nose

    a natural skill
    virtuosity

    technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso
    bravura

    brilliant and showy technical skill
    type of:

    ability, power

    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

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