What does skill mean?

Definitions for skill

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word skill.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skill, accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainmentnoun

    an ability that has been acquired by training

  2. skill, sciencenoun

    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

    "the skill of a well-trained boxer"; "the sweet science of pugilism"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Skillnoun

    Etymology: skil, Islandick.

    Skill in the weapon is nothing without sack. William Shakespeare.

    You have
    As little skill to fear, as I have purpose
    To put you to’t. William Shakespeare.

    Oft nothing profits more
    Than self-esteem grounded on just and right,
    Well manag’d; of that skill the more thou know’st,
    The more she will acknowledge thee her head. John Milton.

    I will from wond’rous principles ordain
    A race unlike the first, and try my skill again. Dryden.

    Phocion the Athenian general, then ambassador from the state, by his great wisdom and skill at negotiations, diverted Alexander from the conquest of Athens, and restored the Athenians to his favour. Jonathan Swift.

    Learned in one skill, and in another kind of learning unskilful. Richard Hooker.

  2. To Skillverb

    Etymology: skilia, Islandick.

    They that skill not of so heavenly matter,
    All that they know not, envy or admire. Edmund Spenser.

    The overseers were all that could skill of instruments of musick. 2 Chron. xxxiv. 12.

    One man of wisdom, experience, learning, and direction, may judge better in those things that he can skill of, than ten thousand others that be ignorant. John Whitgift.

    Whether the commandments of God in scripture be general or special, it skilleth not. Richard Hooker.

    What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold
    About thy neck do drown thee? raise thy head,
    Take stars for money; stars not to be told,
    By any art: yet to be purchas’d.
    None is so wastful as the scraping dame,
    She loseth three for one; her soul, rest, fame. George Herbert.

    He intending not to make a summer business of it, but a resolute war, without term prefixed, until he had recovered France, it skilled not much when he began the war, especially having Calais at his back where he might winter. Francis Bacon.


  1. skill

    SKILL is a Lisp dialect used as a scripting language and PCell (parameterized cells) description language used in many EDA software suites by Cadence Design Systems. It was originally put forth in an IEEE paper in 1990.


  1. skill

    A skill is the ability to perform a task or activity effectively and proficiently, acquired through practice, training, and experience. It involves a combination of knowledge, techniques, and practical abilities that enable an individual to perform certain actions or solve specific problems efficiently. Skills may be cognitive (such as critical thinking or problem-solving), technical (such as using tools or operating machinery), physical (such as sports or manual dexterity), or social (such as communication or teamwork).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skillnoun

    discrimination; judgment; propriety; reason; cause

  2. Skillnoun

    knowledge; understanding

  3. Skillnoun

    the familiar knowledge of any art or science, united with readiness and dexterity in execution or performance, or in the application of the art or science to practical purposes; power to discern and execute; ability to perceive and perform; expertness; aptitude; as, the skill of a mathematician, physician, surgeon, mechanic, etc

  4. Skillnoun

    display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address

  5. Skillnoun

    any particular art

  6. Skillverb

    to know; to understand

  7. Skillverb

    to be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance

  8. Skillverb

    to make a difference; to signify; to matter; -- used impersonally


  1. Skill

    A skill is the learned ability to carry out pre-determined results often with the minimum outlay of time, energy, or both. In other words the abilities that one possesses. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. For example, in the domain of work, some general skills would include time management, teamwork and leadership, self motivation and others, whereas domain-specific skills would be useful only for a certain job. Skill usually requires certain environmental stimuli and situations to assess the level of skill being shown and used. People need a broad range of skills in order to contribute to a modern economy. A joint ASTD and U.S. Department of Labor study showed that through technology, the workplace is changing, and identified 16 basic skills that employees must have to be able to change with it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skill

    skil, n. knowledge of anything: dexterity in practice.—v.i. to understand, to be dexterous in: to make a difference, to signify.—adj. Skil′ful, having or displaying skill: dexterous.—adv. Skil′fully.—n. Skil′fulness.—adjs. Skilled, having skill: skilful: expert; Skil′less (Shak.), wanting skill, artless. [Scand., as Ice. skil, a distinction, skilja, to separate.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. skillnoun

    General ability; ability on the microphone.

Editors Contribution

  1. skill

    An ability.

    He learnt new skills and was therefore able to do more.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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  1. skill

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SKILL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Skill is ranked #125282 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Skill surname appeared 137 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Skill.

    95.6% or 131 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'skill' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2902

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'skill' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3286

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'skill' in Nouns Frequency: #349

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skill in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of skill in a Sentence

  1. Yusra Kauppila:

    It’s absolutely amazing to watch people transform through a yoga practice, in addition to being given a skill and learning a skill while helping yourself, you can also help others— it’s what veterans and service members need; their personality is such where [they] need to be in service to somebody or something in order to feel fulfilled.

  2. Jermaine Cole:

    When I really, really fell in love with rap, it was a matter of like sport. I started realizing the parallels between rapping for me and basketball, i got ta operate at a high skill level and the only way you're going to operate at a high skill level is putting in the hours.

  3. Muhammad Ali:

    Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

  4. Rafay Baloch:

    Pentesting is not a technique, it's a skill. A technique is obtained through knowledge, A skill is obtained through practice.

  5. Patrick Cantlay:

    If you play enough gin hands, a 1 or 2% difference in skill translates to almost an assured win over many, many, many hands of gin, but you could have a big difference — maybe a 60 to 40% skill level difference — and gin is still chancy enough to where you could play 10 hands and lose six or seven of the hands than someone much worse than you skill-wise.

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    formal separation from an alliance or federation
    • A. brasserie
    • B. ternion
    • C. secession
    • D. tingle

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