Skill

Definition of Skill

n.1.Discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause.
For great skill is, he prove that he wrought.
- Chaucer.
2.Knowledge; understanding.
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.
Richard . . . by a thousand princely skills, gathering so much corn as if he meant not to return.
- Fuller.
5.Any particular art.
Learned in one skill, and in another kind of learning unskillful.
- Hooker.
v. t.1.To know; to understand.
To skill the arts of expressing our mind.
- Barrow.
v. i.1.To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance.
I can not skill of these thy ways.
- Herbert.
2.To make a difference; to signify; to matter; - used impersonally.
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.

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