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SKILL'FUL, adjective

1. Knowing; well versed in any art; hence, dextrous; able in management; able to perform nicely any manual operation in the arts or professions; as a skillful mechanic; a skillful operator in surgery.

2. Well versed in practice; as a skillful physician.

It is followed by at or in; as skillful at the organ; skillful in drawing.