Origin of skill1
Definition for skill (2 of 2)
verb (used without object) Archaic.
Origin of skill2
Examples from the Web for skill
As the steaks are eaten, Mount, who has some skill in these things, brings up the movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Conflicts and resolutions were staged with the skill of a chessplayer working out new endgame strategies.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He finishes off the task he has set himself here with considerable precision and skill.
But one of the reasons why the group has been so resilient, he said, was its skill in utilizing propaganda.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.|Tim Mak|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He traces the history of ideas with skill and care, and he avoids the smug certainty of many contemporary science writers.
All spin without losing a moment and spin 1000 yards in two to four hours according to the skill acquired.The Wheel of Fortune|Mahatma Gandhi
It was about three months after his return that Edgar had an opportunity of finding the advantage of his skill in boxing.At Aboukir and Acre|George Alfred Henty
The musicians give a sample of their skill and seat themselves at the festive board.Norway|Beatrix Jungman
Hear ye, friend, have ye any skill in the mystery of cordwainers?
He asked to see more by the same artist, for he had a keen appreciation of skill in all lines.Greenwich Village|Anna Alice Chapin
British Dictionary definitions for skill
Word Origin for skill
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.