[ adjective ] having or showing or requiring special skill


"only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team" "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience" "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow" "a skilled trade"

Used in print


In all the bitter in-fighting , the squabbles over election procedures , the complicated numbers_game that East and West played on the assistant secretaries ' theme , the gentleman from Burma showed himself both as a man of principle and a skilled diplomat .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Foreign_policy now takes_on a different perspective and must become skilled not merely at response but also at projection .

(Leon Uris, Mila 8....)

Andrei 's skilled eye sized them up .

(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)

The boy 's fingers and mouth operated with the skilled unity of a bagpipe player , pressing and pulling , delighting in what he did .