1 [skil]
the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well: Carpentry was one of his many skills.
competent excellence in performance; expertness; dexterity: The dancers performed with skill.
a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience: the skill of cabinetmaking.
Obsolete. understanding; discernment.
Obsolete. reason; cause.

1125–75; Middle English < Old Norse skil distinction, difference; cognate with Dutch geschil difference, quarrel. See skill2

1. proficiency, facility. 2. deftness, cleverness.

1. inability. Unabridged


2 [skil]
verb (used without object) Archaic.
to matter.
to help; avail.

1150–1200; Middle English skilien < Old Norse skilja to distinguish, divide, akin to skil (see skill1), Old English scylian to separate, Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to split Unabridged
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skill (skɪl)
1.  special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
2.  something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
3.  obsolete understanding
[C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference]

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Word Origin & History

c.1175, "power of discernment," from O.N. skil "distinction, discernment," related to skilja (v.) "distinguish, separate," from P.Gmc. *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. M.L.G. schillen "to differ;" M.L.G., M.Du. schele "difference;" see shell). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded c.1300.
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Computing Dictionary

Skill definition

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.
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Example sentences
They're missing the true nature of skill and talent.
Increasing the ability to control attention when you want to is an important
  skill, and has a place in psychological research.
It's a different skill and you have to go back to square one and learn it.
The integrity of the product and the skill of the distiller are second to none.
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