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a·gil·i·ty

 (ə-jĭl′ĭ-tē)
n.
The state or quality of being agile; nimbleness.

[Middle English agilite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin agilitās, from Latin agilis; see agile.]

a•gil•i•ty

(əˈdʒɪl ɪ ti)

n.
1. the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness: exercises demanding agility.
2. the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity: mental agility.
[1375–1425; late Middle English agilite < Middle French < Latin agilitās. See agile, -ity]

Agility

 

See Also: MOVEMENT, SPEED, TURNING AND TWISTING, WALKING

  1. (A small, shrivelled old man … ) agile and quick like one of those whiskered little monkeys at the Zoo —Aldous Huxley
  2. Agile as a fish —William Humphrey
  3. Agile as a monkey —Alexandre Dumas, père
  4. Agile as squirrels —Luigi Pirandello
  5. (Moved) as lightly as a bubble —Hans Christian Andersen
  6. As nimble as a cow in a cage —Thomas Fuller
  7. Deft as spiders’ catenation —C. S. Lewis
  8. Frisky and graceful as young lambs at play —George Garrett
  9. Graceful as joy —Babette Deutsch
  10. Graceful as a panther —Raymond Chandler
  11. Graceful as a premire danseuse —Natascha Wodin
  12. Graceful as a Stillson wrench —Diane Wakoski
  13. Graceful as the swallow’s flight —Julian Grenfell
  14. Graceful figure … which was as tough as hickory and as flexible as a whip —Thomas Wolfe
  15. He could leap like a grasshopper and melt into the tree-tops like a monkey —G. K. Chesterton
  16. Light-footed as a dancer waiting in the wings —Vita Sackville-West
  17. (Her tiny body as) limber as a grass —Jean Stafford
  18. Lithe as a swan —Richard Ford
  19. Lithe as a whip —Raymond Chandler
  20. Nimble as a cat —Anon

    Herman Melville used this to begin chapter 68 of Moby Dick but it probably dates back well before that.

  21. Nimble as a deer —Geoffrey Chaucer
  22. Quick as a wrestler —Edward Hoagland
  23. Sprang [out of his bed] like a mastiff —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  24. Springy as a trampoline —Marge Piercy
  25. Spry as a yearling —Eugene O’Neill
  26. Step as elastic as a cat’s —Jo Bannister
  27. Supple as a cat —Irwin Shaw

    This is a variation of the often used “Agile as a cat” and “Agile as a cat, and just as sly.”

  28. Supple as a red fox —Maxine Kumin
  29. Swift and light as a wild cat —D. H. Lawrence
  30. There was something breath-taking in the grace of his big body which made his very entrance into a room like an abrupt physical impact —Margaret Mitchell

    Mitchell is describing Rhett Buttler, the hero of her epic Gone With the Wind.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.agility - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimbleagility - the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
gracefulness - beautiful carriage

agility

noun
2. acuteness, sharpness, alertness, cleverness, quickness, liveliness, promptness, quick-wittedness, promptitude His intellect and mental agility have never been in doubt.

agility

noun
The quality or state of being mentally agile:
Translations
رَشَاقَة، سُرْعَة الحَرَكَة
hbitost
adræthedsmidighed
ketteryys
fimleiki, snerpa
atiklikçeviklik

agility

[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] Nagilidad f

agility

[əˈdʒɪlɪti] n
(physical)agilité f
(mental)agilité f
mental agility → agilité f mentale

agility

n (of person)Agilität f, → Beweglichkeit f, → Wendigkeit f; (of thinker)Beweglichkeit f, → Wendigkeit f; (of body, movements)Gelenkigkeit f, → Geschmeidigkeit f; (of animal)Flinkheit f, → Behändigkeit f

agility

[əˈdʒɪlɪtɪ] nagilitàf inv

agile

(ˈӕdʒail) adjective
able to move quickly and easily. The antelope is very agile.
aˈgility (-ˈdʒi-) noun