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
References in classic literature ?
Clever are they--they have dexterous fingers: what doth MY simplicity pretend to beside their multiplicity
Surrounding him on horseback, they would discharge their arrows at him in quick succession, goading him to make an attack; which, with a dexterous movement of the horse, they would easily avoid.
He was dexterous to make him comfortable, and he exercised a cunning of which I should never have thought him capable to induce him to take the medicines prescribed by the doctor.
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.
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.
Between sunset and starlight this dexterous machine must have made more than a hundred such bars out of the crude clay, and the mound of bluish dust rose steadily until it topped the side of the pit.
The general reined strongly at his charger's opened and foamy mouth and guided it with dexterous horsemanship past the man.
They were first-rate hunters, and dexterous in the management of the canoe.
The shaft-horses were tilted against the shafts by the ruts, but the dexterous driver sitting on the box held the shaft over the ruts, so that the wheels ran on the smooth part of the road.
My patron lying at home longer than usual without fitting out his ship, which, as I heard, was for want of money, he used constantly, once or twice a week, sometimes oftener if the weather was fair, to take the ship's pinnace and go out into the road a- fishing; and as he always took me and young Maresco with him to row the boat, we made him very merry, and I proved very dexterous in catching fish; insomuch that sometimes he would send me with a Moor, one of his kinsmen, and the youth - the Maresco, as they called him - to catch a dish of fish for him.
Says she, 'I could help you to a schoolmistress that shall make you as dexterous as herself.
But the third emir, now seeing himself all alone on the quarter-deck, seems to feel relieved from some curious restraint; for, tipping all sorts of knowing winks in all sorts of directions, and kicking off his shoes, he strikes into a sharp but noiseless squall of a hornpipe right over the Grand Turk's head; and then, by a dexterous sleight, pitching his cap up into the mizentop for a shelf, he goes down rollicking, so far at least as he remains visible from the deck, reversing all other processions, by bringing up the rear with music.