skill

1 [skil]
noun
1.
the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well: Carpentry was one of his many skills.
2.
competent excellence in performance; expertness; dexterity: The dancers performed with skill.
3.
a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience: the skill of cabinetmaking.
4.
Obsolete. understanding; discernment.
5.
Obsolete. reason; cause.

Origin:
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.
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skill

2 [skil]
verb (used without object) Archaic.
1.
to matter.
2.
to help; avail.

Origin:
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

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skill (skɪl)
 
n
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]
 
'skill-less
 
adj
 
'skilless
 
adj

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skill
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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Example sentences
Second, let's identify the set of skills that are fundamental to safe and
  responsible teaching.
When the price is high, and money abundant, their skills seem less useful and
  their fees more extortionate.
Building a rotating barrel composting unit requires more skills than building
  mesh or wooden holding bins.
One lesson is that nature provide us with the best skills.
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