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dexterity
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Definition adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
  • The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — physical and/or mental
  • He was valued everywhere for his industry, dexterity, and strength at work, and still more for his kindly and pleasant temper.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Master and Man
  • You have a certain manual dexterity.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • my admirable dexterity of wit, my counterfeiting the action of an old woman,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • dexterity = adroitness (skill)
  • All the buildings and trees seemed easily practicable to such dexterous climbers as the Morlocks,
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • dexterous = physically adroit (skillful in movements)
  • He was famed for great knowledge and skill in horsemanship, being as dexterous on horseback as a Tartar.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • dexterous = skillful
  • He dexterously pulled his feet out of the valenki,
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • dexterously = adroitly (skillfully)
  • "But very dexterous at producing explosions," the gypsy said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • dexterous = adroit
  • ...much pleased was he with me for my dexterity in catching the fish,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • dexterity = adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
  • Once inside, Mack methodically shed the layers of outerwear as best he could, his half-frozen fingers responding with about as much dexterity as oversized clubs at the ends of his arms.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • dexterity = adroitness (skill)
  • Mary didn't realize until months later that he'd been studying her hands, checking their dexterity and strength to see how they'd stand up to hours of delicate cutting, scraping, tweezing, and pipetting.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • dexterity = nimbleness (skill in moving)
  • ...he tilts
    With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast;
    Who, all as hot, turns deadly point to point,
    And, with a martial scorn, with one hand beats
    Cold death aside, and with the other sends It back to Tybalt, whose dexterity
    Retorts it:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • dexterity = adroitness (skill)
  • ...the pattern of my life—that complex design I had been weaving since birth with all its dark threads, its unexplainable symbols set against a conventional background of domestic white and schoolboy blue, all those tangled strands which required the dexterity of a virtuoso to keep flowing—
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • dexterity = adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
  • And really never could any be more dexterous in rowing than my faithful servant, making the boat go as fast again as I could.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • As I was very well pleased, you may be sure at the launching of this man of war of mine, I was no less amazed to behold with what dexterity my man would manage her, turn her, and paddle her along.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Unwilling was I to spend our last shot too suddenly, and therefore calling my other servant, and giving him a horn of powder, bid him lay a large train quite along the timber, which he did, while Friday was charging my fusee and his own, with the greatest dexterity.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • First, I had some servants, whom I proposed to leave there, as they should appear willing; there were two carpenters, a smith, and a very ingenuous fellow who was Jack-of-all-trades; for he was not only a cooper by trade, but also he was dexterous at making wheels and hand-mills to grind corn, likewise a good turner, and a good pot-maker.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Curiosity, and a desire of satisfaction, animating me with courage to see this scene of barbarity, I took my man Friday with me, putting a sword into his hand, with the bow and arrows at his back, which I perceived he could use very dexterously, causing him to carry one gun for me, and I two for myself; and thus equipped against all attacks, away we marched directly to the place of their bloody entertainment.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I was indeed agreeably surprised at the mentioning this match, which seemed very suitable, the one being a very ingenious fellow, and the other an excellent, dexterous, and sensible housewife, fit to be governess of the whole island; so we married them the same day; and as I was her father, and gave her away, so I gave her a handsome portion, appointing her and her husband a convenient large space of ground for their plantation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Immediately he fell to work, and never was a grave-digger more dextrous in the world than he was; for in an instant, as I might say, he scraped a large hole in the sand with his hands, sufficient to bury the first in; there he dragged him; and without any ceremony he covered him over; in like manner he saved the other; so that I am sure no undertaker could be more expert in his business, for all this was done in less than a quarter of an hour.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe

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