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Definition of the noun agility

What does agility mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: agilities

  1. the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
    • example: The long jump is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength, and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point.
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of agility: legerity / lightness / lightsomeness / nimbleness
    • more generic word: gracefulness = beautiful carriage

Alternative definition of the noun agility


  1. [uncountable] The quality of being agile; the power of moving the limbs quickly and easily; nimbleness; activity; quickness of motion; as, strength and agility of body.
  2. [countable] A faculty of being agile in body, mind, or figuratively.

Specialised definition of the noun agility

Glossary of sports

a combination of physical speed, suppleness and skill (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in general, the ability to skillfully solve certain physical and mental tasks so that the talent is utilized optimally. In the context of sport, agility is a fundamental coordinative motor characteristic which manifests itself predominantly in (fine and gross) motor coordination, body balance, flexibility of the torso, motor adaptation to equipment or objects and rhythmical adaptation to music, movement of others, etc. Agility is essential in those types of sport where movement tasks are more strongly dependent upon the situation and therefore not pre-determined (e.g. in team games). Rapid recognition of the situation as well as immediate selection and execution of the motor reaction adapted optimally to the specific situation are important criteria for agility. Due to its strong dependence on sensorimotor intelligence, agility is learnable or trainable only within limits, especially since the ability is lost at a relatively early age. This supports the important demand of enhancing the learning of complex motor patterns in the early ages of development (in children, youth and school sport). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


Agility or nimbleness is the ability to change the body's position efficiently, and requires the integration of isolated movement skills using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance.

Printed books with definitions for Agility

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Google previewCIO Master (2016)

Unleash the Digital Potential of It by Pearl Zhu

Agility is a common business term that is used frequently these days to measure how fast business will respond to opportunities or threats, and enterprises are even having key agility indicators. Agility is the ability to think and act promptly to ...

Google previewEmerging Topics and Technologies in Information Systems (2009)

by Lytras, Miltiadis D.

Agility refers to the ability to produce and market successfully a broad...

Agility is the capability of a company to operate profitably in a competitive environment of continually and...

Agility is a competitive weapon beyond flexibility.

Agility means that a manufacturer should be able to produce and distribute products ...

Google previewSmall and Medium Enterprises (2013)

Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications by Information Resources Management Association

Giorgio Bruno Politecnico di Torino, Italy Agility is an essentialfeature for SMEs and this chapter intends to examine ifand how business processes, as currently understood, are able to promote it. Over the last years a number of viewpoints ...

Google previewUltimate Fitness Through Martial Arts (1993)

by Sang H. Kim

Agility is the ability to change direction or body position quickly and proceed smoothly with another movement. It is often confused...

Agility is a partially innate characteristic that can be improved somewhat through practice.

Google previewAgile Software Development Ecosystems (2002)

by James A. Highsmith

Agility is a way of life, a constantly emerging and changing response to business turbulence.

Google previewThe Power of Convergence (2011)

Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success by Faisal Hoque, Lawrence M. Walsh, Diana L. Mirakaj, Jeffrey Bruckner

Yet a third definition is results oriented: agility is the ability to consistently perform above market average in terms of revenues, growth,

Google previewEnterprise Interoperability VI (2014)

Interoperability for Agility, Resilience and Plasticity of Collaborations by Kai Mertins, Frédérick Bénaben, Raúl Poler, Jean-Paul Bourrières

Agility is the ability of a business to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently in response to changes in the business...

Agility is a concept that incorporates the ideas of flexibility, balance, adaptability, and coordination under one umbrella .

Google previewHow Management Programs Can Improve Organization Performance (2015)

Selecting and Implementing the Best Program for Your Organization by Richard E. Crandall, William Crandall

Agility is the capability to add or delete products, markets and resources with minimal disruption to the ongoing business. It is the capability to cope with continuous and unanticipated change (Kasardra & Rondinelli, 1998). Agility requires a ...

Google previewOperations Management (2012)

by Peter Jones, Peter Robinson

Agility is the ability to thrive and prosper in an environment of...

Agility means using market knowledge and a flexible organization to exploit opportunities in a dynamic and volatile market (Naylor et al. 1999). Agility is a business-wide capability that embraces organizational structures, information technology (IT), logistics ...

Google previewAdvances in The Ergonomics in Manufacturing: Managing the Enterprise of the Future (2014)

by Stefan Trzcielinski, Waldemar Karwowski

Agility is an ability to continuously monitor changes in customer needs and creating and delivering products and...

One of the necessary conditions of enterprise agility is the implementation of new human resource management methods.

Google previewAdaptive Technologies and Business Integration: Social, Managerial and Organizational Dimensions (2006)

Social, Managerial and Organizational Dimensions by Cruz-Cunha, Maria Manuela

Agility is the successful exploration of competitive bases (speed, flexibility, innovation, proactivity5, quality and...

Google previewManufacturing Handbook of Best Practices (2016)

An Innovation, Productivity, and Quality Focus by Jack B. ReVelle

Agility is the deliberate, strategic response for survival in today's market conditions.

Google previewManaged Evolution (2010)

A Strategy for Very Large Information Systems by Stephan Murer, Bruno Bonati

Agility is a very powerful metric: It covers the complete system, such as the development capability, the infrastructure provisioning speed, management and resource planning, effectiveness of development tools, skills of people etc. Any of ...

Google previewU.S. Army Leadership Handbook (2012)

Skills, Tactics, and Techniques for Leading in Any Situation by Department of Army

Mental agility is a flexibility of mind, a tendency to anticipate or adapt to uncertain or changing situations.

The basis for mental agility is the ability to reason critically while keeping an open mind to multiple possibilities until reaching the most ...

Google previewAssessing Organization Agility (2014)

Creating Diagnostic Profiles to Guide Transformation by Christopher G. Worley, Thomas D. Williams, Edward E. Lawler, III

The transformation to agility is a journey, one that actually never ends. Agility is not the result of a specific practice or practices; having a good product ...

Google previewSelling ASAP (2012)

Art, Science, Agility, Performance by Eli Jones, Larry Chonko, Carl Stevens, Fern Jones

Agility is a trainable skill. Salespeople can learn the types of change and how to respond proficiently.

Google previewInfonomics for Distributed Business and Decision-Making Environments: Creating Information System Ecology (2009)

Creating Information System Ecology by Pankowska, Malgorzata

Agility is the ability of an organization to rapidly respond to changes in an uncertain and changing businessenvironment. Dynamically reconfigurable virtual heterarchies can implement this more easily than hierarchical organizations. Business ...

Google previewInverting the Paradox of Excellence (2014)

How Companies Use Variations for Business Excellence and How Enterprise Variations Are Enabled by SAP by Vivek Kale

Ford mass production Agility is the ability to respond to...

depends on both internal and external agilityan internal agility is a prerequisite for external agility.

Google previewQuantitative Models In Operations And Supply Chian Management, 1/e (2010)

by G. Srinivasan

Agility is a dynamic, context-specific, aggressively changed embracing and growthoriented concept.

Agility is the capability of an organization to respond rapidly and effectively to unanticipated opportunities and to proactively developed ...

Google previewCustomer-Driven Supply Chains (2012)

From Glass Pipelines to Open Innovation Networks by Andrew C. Lyons, Adrian E. Coronado Mondragon, Frank Pilller, Raúl Poler

Agility is the by-word for responsiveness. It is a concept that harnesses organisational resources to effectively manage and respond to the commotion of a volatile business environment. Agility achievement provides the means to being able to ...

Google previewNew Methods of Competing in the Global Marketplace (2008)

Critical Success Factors from Service and Manufacturing by Richard E. Crandall, William R. Crandall

Agility is an extension of flexibility. It is the ability to change from one system of manufacturing or service to a...

Agility is a strategic and long-term consideration. Only a few companies are doing it; some are thinking about it; many have ...

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Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos. (Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel)
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Scrabble value of A1G2I1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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