dexterity

  • 1 Dexterity — Dex*ter i*ty, n. [L. dexteritas, fr. dexter: cf. F. dext[ e]rit[ e]. See {Dexter}.] 1. Right handedness. [1913 Webster] 2. Readiness and grace in physical activity; skill and ease in using the hands; expertness in manual acts; as, dexterity with… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 dexterity — index competence (ability), efficiency, facility (easiness), faculty (ability), gift (flair) …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 dexterity — 1520s, from M.Fr. dexterité (16c.), from L. dexteritatem (nom. dexteritas) readiness, skillfulness, prosperity, from dexter skillful, also right (hand) (Cf. O.Fr. destre, Sp. diestro, etc.), from PIE root *deks on the right hand, hence south to… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 dexterity — facility, ease, *readiness Analogous words: dexterousness, adroitness, deftness (see corresponding adjectives at DEXTEROUS): expertness, adeptness, skillfulness, proficiency (see corresponding adjectives at PROFICIENT) Antonyms: clumsiness… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 dexterity — [n] aptitude, ability address, adroitness, aptness, art, artistry, cleverness, craft, cunning, deftness, effortlessness, expertise, expertness, facility, finesse, handiness, ingenuity, knack, know how, mastery, neatness, nimbleness, proficiency,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 dexterity — ► NOUN ▪ skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands. ORIGIN Latin dexteritas, from dexter on the right …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 dexterity — [deks ter′ə tē] n. [L dexteritas, skillfulness, handiness < dexter: see DEXTER] 1. skill in using one s hands or body; adroitness 2. skill in using one s mind; cleverness …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 dexterity — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, show dexterity 2) great; manual dexterity 3) the dexterity to + inf. (does he have enough dexterity to cope with a job like that?) * * * [deks terɪtɪ] display manual dexterity show dexterity great to demonstrate the …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 dexterity — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ manual VERB + DEXTERITY ▪ demand (esp. BrE), require ▪ Video games require great manual dexterity …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 dexterity — [[t]dekste̱rɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Dexterity is skill in using your hands, or sometimes your mind. ...Reid s dexterity on the guitar. ...the wit and verbal dexterity of the script …

    English dictionary

  • 11 dexterity — dex|ter|i|ty [dekˈsterıti] n [U] 1.) skill and speed in doing something with your hands ▪ Computer games can improve children s manual dexterity . 2.) skill in using words or your mind ▪ his charm and verbal dexterity …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 dexterity — noun 1) painting china demanded dexterity Syn: deftness, adeptness, adroitness, agility, nimbleness, handiness, ability, talent, skill, proficiency, expertise, experience, efficiency, mastery, delicacy, knack, artistry …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 dexterity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French dexterité, from Latin dexteritat , dexteritas, from dexter Date: 1518 1. mental skill or quickness ; adroitness 2. readiness and grace in physical …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 dexterity — noun /dɛksˈtɛrəti/ Skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands. Playing computer games can improve your manual dexterity. See Also: dexterous, ambidextrous …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 dexterity — noun (U) the ability to be very quick and skilful with your hands: He used his knife with speed and dexterity …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 dexterity — /dek ster i tee/, n. 1. skill or adroitness in using the hands or body; agility. 2. mental adroitness or skill; cleverness. [1520 30; < L dexteritas readiness, equiv. to dexter (s. of dexter) skillful + itas ITY] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 17 dexterity — dex·ter·i·ty dek ster ət ē n, pl ties 1) readiness and grace in physical activity esp skill and ease in using the hands 2) mental skill or quickness …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 dexterity — Synonyms and related words: ability, acuity, acuteness, address, adeptness, adroitness, airmanship, aptitude, aptness, art, artfulness, artisanship, artistry, astuteness, braininess, bravura, brightness, brilliance, canniness, capability,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 dexterity — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. adroitness, facility, skill; see ability 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. skill, adroitness, deftness, cleverness, expertise, know how, knack, touch, aptitude, facility, nimbleness, finesse. ANT.: ineptitude, clumsiness …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 dexterity — dex|ter|i|ty [ dek sterəti ] noun uncount great skill in using your hands or your mind …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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