Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sleight \Sleight\, n. [OE. sleighte, sleihte, sleithe, Icel. sl?g? (for sl?g?) slyness, cunning, fr. sl?gr (for sl?gr) sly, cunning. See Sly.]
Cunning; craft; artful practice. [Obs.] ``His sleight and his covin.''
An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.
The world hath many subtle sleights.
Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.
--Chaucer. ``The juggler's sleight.''
Sleight of hand, legerdemain; prestidigitation.
n. 1 The required digital dexterity behind magic tricks and illusions. 2 A performance of such skill.
n. manual dexterity in the execution of tricks [syn: prestidigitation]
Sleight of hand (also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain) refers to fine motor skills when used by performing artists in different art forms to entertain or manipulate. It is closely associated with close-up magic, card cheating, card flourishing and stealing.
Because of its heavy use and practice by magicians, sleight of hand is often confused as a branch of magic, but is in reality a separate genre of entertainment, as many artists practice sleight of hand without the slightest interest in magic.
Sleight of hand pioneers with worldwide acclaim include Dan and Dave, Ricky Jay, David Blaine, David Copperfield, Yann Frisch, Dai Vernon and Tony Slydini.
Sleight of Hand is an album by the British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. It was her tenth studio album and was recorded and produced by Armatrading at Bumpkin Studio, her own purpose built studio in the grounds of her home. The album was released on 12 May 1986 by A&M Records.
Usage examples of "sleight of hand".
It took minutes for Phaid to realise that it was just a piece of psychic sleight of hand.
My progress with this field was one of the victims of my recent purge of this diary's pages, because from the start I kept a detailed record of what it took to become proficient in sleight of hand& but all this had to go when I decided to remove the rest.
It was one thing to play around with the magics of sleight of hand and quick change.
They were expecting a contest of subtlety, but sleight of hand was only one of Kalam's talents.