skill

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[ skil ]
/ skɪl /

noun

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.

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Origin of skill

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

Definition for skill (2 of 2)

skill2
[ skil ]
/ skɪl /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to matter.
to help; avail.

Origin of skill

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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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British Dictionary definitions for skill

skill
/ (skɪl) /

noun

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 of skill

skill-less or skilless, adjective

Word Origin for skill

C12: from Old Norse skil distinction; related to Middle Low German schēle, Middle Dutch geschil difference
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