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[skil] /skɪl/
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.
Origin of skill1
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.


[skil] /skɪl/
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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  • I congratulate you upon the victory, which is due to your skill and energy.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It is a refuge for the incompetent whose one skill is in grafting.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The operation was extremely rare and interesting, and Austin's skill was superb.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Pitts had some skill as a leach, and the medicine-chest was in his care.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • To Bligh's skill, resource, and courage, were due the lives of all who were saved.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 1 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
British Dictionary definitions for skill


special ability in a task, sport, etc, esp ability acquired by training
something, esp a trade or technique, requiring special training or manual proficiency
(obsolete) understanding
Derived Forms
skill-less, skilless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference
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Word Origin and History for skill

late 12c., "power of discernment," from Old Norse skil "distinction, ability to make out, discernment, adjustment," related to skilja (v.) "to separate; discern, understand," from Proto-Germanic *skaljo- "divide, separate" (cf. Swedish skäl "reason," Danish skjel "a separation, boundary, limit," Middle Low German schillen "to differ," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schele "separation, discrimination;" see shell (n.)). Sense of "ability, cleverness" first recorded early 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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skill in Technology

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 ].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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