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skill


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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["a]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. 
 
  For  great  skill  is  he  prove  that  he  wrought.  [For 
  with  good  reason  he  should  test  what  he  created.] 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Knowledge;  understanding.  [Obsoles.] 
 
  That  by  his  fellowship  he  color  might  Both  his 
  estate  and  love  from  skill  of  any  wight.  --Spenser. 
 
  Nor  want  we  skill  or  art.  --Milton. 
 
  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 
 
  Phocion  .  .  .  by  his  great  wisdom  and  skill  at 
  negotiations,  diverted  Alexander  from  the  conquest 
  of  Athens.  --Swift. 
 
  Where  patience  her  sweet  skill  imparts.  --Keble. 
 
  4.  Display  of  art;  exercise  of  ability;  contrivance;  address. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  Richard  .  .  .  by  a  thousand  princely  skills, 
  gathering  so  much  corn  as  if  he  meant  not  to  return. 
  --Fuller. 
 
  5.  Any  particular  art.  [Obs.] 
 
  Learned  in  one  skill,  and  in  another  kind  of 
  learning  unskillful.  --Hooker. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Skill  \Skill\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  knowing;  to  have  understanding;  to  be  dexterous  in 
  performance.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  can  not  skill  of  these  thy  ways.  --Herbert. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  difference;  to  signify;  to  matter;  --  used 
  impersonally.  --Spenser. 
 
  What  skills  it  if  a  bag  of  stones  or  gold  About  thy 
  neck  do  drown  thee?  --Herbert. 
 
  It  skills  not  talking  of  it  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Skill  \Skill\,  v.  t. 
  To  know  to  understand.  [Obs.] 
 
  To  skill  the  arts  of  expressing  our  mind.  --Barrow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  skill 
  n  1:  an  ability  that  has  been  acquired  by  training  [syn:  {accomplishment}, 
  {acquirement},  {acquisition},  {attainment}] 
  2:  ability  to  produce  solutions  in  some  problem  domain;  "the 
  skill  of  a  well-trained  boxer";  "the  science  of  pugilism" 
  [syn:  {science}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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) 
 
 




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