dexterous


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dex·ter·ous

 (dĕk′stər-əs, -strəs) also dex·trous (-strəs)
adj.
1. Skillful in the use of the hands.
2. Having mental skill or adroitness.
3. Done with dexterity: a dexterous maneuver.

[From Latin dexter, skillful; see dexter.]

dex′ter·ous·ly adv.
dex′ter·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: dexterous, deft, adroit, handy, nimble
These adjectives refer to skill and ease in performance. Dexterous implies physical or mental agility: dexterous fingers; a dexterous debater.
Deft suggests quickness, sureness, neatness, and lightness of touch: deft strokes; a deft turn of phrase.
Adroit implies ease and natural skill, especially in challenging situations: an adroit skier; an adroit negotiator.
Handy suggests a more modest aptitude, principally in manual work: handy with tools.
Nimble stresses quickness and lightness in physical or mental performance: nimble feet; nimble wits.

dexterous

(ˈdɛkstrəs) or

dextrous

adj
1. possessing or done with dexterity
2. a rare word for right-handed
ˈdexterously, ˈdextrously adv
ˈdexterousness, ˈdextrousness n

dex•ter•ous

(ˈdɛk strəs, -stər əs)

adj.
1. skillful or adroit in the use of the hands or body; deft.
2. having mental adroitness or skill; clever; quick.
3. done with skill or adroitness.
[1595–1605; < Latin dexter right-hand, skillful + -ous]
dex′ter•ous•ly, adv.
dex′ter•ous•ness, n.
syn: dexterous, adroit, deft imply facility and ease in performance. dexterous most often refers to physical, esp. manual, ability but can also refer to mental ability: a dexterous woodcarver; dexterous handling of a delicate situation. adroit usu. implies mental cleverness and ingenuity but can refer to physical ability: an adroit politician; an adroit juggler. deft suggests a light and assured touch in physical or mental activity: a deft waitress; deft manipulation of public opinion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dexterous - skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands; "a deft waiter"; "deft fingers massaged her face"; "dexterous of hand and inventive of mind"
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"

dexterous

dextrous
adjective
1. skilful, able, expert, quick, masterly, active, neat, handy, apt, ingenious, adept, deft, nimble, proficient, agile, adroit, nimble-fingered As people grow older they generally become less dexterous.
2. able, skilled, expert, masterly, clever, practised, accomplished, versed, skilful, adept, masterful, proficient, adroit, tasty (Brit. informal) the composer's dextrous manipulation of pauses and silence

dexterous

adjective
1. Exhibiting or possessing skill and ease in performance:
2. Showing art or skill in performing or doing:
Translations
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jänteväkäsistäkäteväketterätaitava

dexterous

ADJ dextrous [ˈdekstrəs] ADJdiestro, hábil
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dexterous

dextrous [ˈdɛkstrəs] adjadroit(e)

dexterous

, dextrous
adjgeschickt

dexterous

dextrous [ˈdɛkstrəs] adj (skilful) → destro/a, abile; (movement) → agile
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He was famed for great knowledge and skill in horsemanship, being as dexterous on horseback as a Tartar.
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He averred, that upon first thrusting in for him, a leg was presented; but well knowing that that was not as it ought to be, and might occasion great trouble; -- he had thrust back the leg, and by a dexterous heave and toss, had wrought a somerset upon the Indian; so that with the next trial, he came forth in the good old way --head foremost.
Sam's palm-leaf had been ingeniously disentangled from all pretensions to braid, as respects its brim; and the slivers starting apart, and standing upright, gave it a blazing air of freedom and defiance, quite equal to that of any Fejee chief; while the whole brim of Andy's being departed bodily, he rapped the crown on his head with a dexterous thump, and looked about well pleased, as if to say, "Who says I haven't got a hat?
With light and graceful steps he danced through the long saloon, with the sovereign who thought never to have found a more dexterous and excellent dancer.
By a dexterous piece of mimicry, she had made a living reality of one of the most insipid characters in the English drama; and she had roused to enthusiasm an audience of two hundred exiles from the blessings of ventilation, all simmering together in their own animal heat.
My mistress had a daughter of nine years old, a child of towardly parts for her age, very dexterous at her needle, and skilful in dressing her baby.
The creature fell stunned, and the force of its fall brought it within the reach of dexterous hunter's grasp.
Never had the crew seen so jolly and dexterous a fellow.
All the buildings and trees seemed easily practicable to such dexterous climbers as the Morlocks, to judge by their wells, must be.
But then I perceived the re- semblance of its grey-brown, shiny, leathery integument to that of the other sprawling bodies beyond, and the true nature of this dexterous workman dawned upon me.
He examined the bullets with which Monte Cristo performed this dexterous feat, and saw that they were no larger than buckshot.