dexterity


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dex·ter·i·ty

 (dĕk-stĕr′ĭ-tē)
n.
1. Skill and grace in physical movement, especially in the use of the hands; adroitness.
2. Mental skill or adroitness; cleverness.

[French dextérité, from Latin dexteritās, from dexter, skillful; see dexter.]

dexterity

(dɛkˈstɛrɪtɪ)
n
1. physical, esp manual, skill or nimbleness
2. mental skill or adroitness; cleverness
3. (Physiology) rare the characteristic of being right-handed
[C16: from Latin dexteritās aptness, readiness, prosperity; see dexter1]

dex•ter•i•ty

(dɛkˈstɛr ɪ ti)

n.
1. skill or adroitness in using the body or esp. the hands.
2. mental adroitness or skill; cleverness.
[1520–30; < Latin dexteritās readiness =dexter skillful (see dexter) + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dexterity - adroitness in using the handsdexterity - adroitness in using the hands  
adeptness, adroitness, deftness, quickness, facility - skillful performance or ability without difficulty; "his quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was famous for his facility as an archer"

dexterity

dexterity

noun
1. Skillfulness in the use of the hands or body:
2. The quality or state of being mentally agile:
Translations
مَهارَه، خِفَّةُ يَد
zručnostobratnost
fingerfærdighed
näppäryystaitavuus
kézügyességügyesség
lagni
miklumas
izveicībaveiklība
beceriklilikhüner

dexterity

[deksˈterɪtɪ] N (physical, mental) → destreza f, habilidad f

dexterity

[dɛkˈstɛrɪti] ndextérité f, adresse f

dexterity

nGeschick nt

dexterity

[dɛksˈtɛrɪtɪ] n dexterity (in doing sth) (of hands) → destrezza (a fare qc); (of mind) → abilità (nel fare qc)

dexterity

(dekˈsterəti) noun
skill and/or quickness, especially with the hands. She showed her dexterity with a needle and thread.
ˈdext(e)rous adjective
skilful, especially with the hands. He is a very dexterous surgeon.

dex·ter·i·ty

n. dexteridad, habilidad de usar las manos con perfecta coordinación motora.

dexterity

n destreza
References in classic literature ?
Duncan, who was not altogether as easy under this nice estimate of distances as his companions, was glad to find, however, that owing to their superior dexterity, and the diversion among their enemies, they were very sensibly obtaining the advantage.
He was, indeed, the Custom-House in himself; or, at all events, the mainspring that kept its variously revolving wheels in motion; for, in an institution like this, where its officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience, and seldom with a leading reference to their fitness for the duty to be performed, they must perforce seek elsewhere the dexterity which is not in them.
Halting for an instant at the foot of the ladder, and with both hands grasping the ornamental knobs of the man-ropes, Father Mapple cast a look upwards, and then with a truly sailorlike but still reverential dexterity, hand over hand, mounted the steps as if ascending the main-top of his vessel.
When the Westons arrived, the kindest looks of love, the strongest of admiration were for her, from both husband and wife; the son approached her with a cheerful eagerness which marked her as his peculiar object, and at dinner she found him seated by herand, as she firmly believed, not without some dexterity on his side.
She fitted and arranged the gray wig with the dexterity which constant practice had given her; fixed the false eyebrows (made rather large, and of hair darker than the wig) carefully in their position with the gum she had with her for the purpose, and stained her face with the customary stage materials, so as to change the transparent fairness of her complexion to the dull, faintly opaque color of a woman in ill health.
I thanked him, and took my seat at the board; but found it extremely difficult to handle my knife and fork with anything like dexterity, or to avoid splashing myself with the gravy, while he was standing opposite, staring so hard, and making me blush in the most dreadful manner every time I caught his eye.
Then she took some butter (not too much) on a knife and spread it on the loaf, in an apothecary kind of way, as if she were making a plaister - using both sides of the knife with a slapping dexterity, and trimming and moulding the butter off round the crust.
All cleverness, whether in the rapid use of that difficult instrument the tongue, or in some other art unfamiliar to villagers, was in itself suspicious: honest folk, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever--at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook of the nature of conjuring.
We avoided dull sandy levels and hard rocky places, with the same instinctive dexterity.
Now, however, no whit anticipating the oblivion which awaited their names and feats, the champions advanced through the lists, restraining their fiery steeds, and compelling them to move slowly, while, at the same time, they exhibited their paces, together with the grace and dexterity of the riders.
She had been jealous of her at college, where she had esteemed herself the better bred of the two; but that opinion had hardly consoled her for Agatha's superior quickness of wit, dexterity of hand, audacity, aptness of resource, capacity for forming or following intricate associations of ideas, and consequent power to dazzle others.
His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird.