AskDefine | Define agility

Dictionary Definition

agility n : the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble [syn: legerity, lightness, lightsomeness, nimbleness]

User Contributed Dictionary



From agilité, agilitas, fr. agilis.


IPA: WEAE /ʌˈʤɪl.ə.ti/


  1. 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. A faculty of being agile in body, mind, or figuratively.


Extensive Definition

Agility is the ability to change the body's position, and requires a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, and strength. Agility is usually achieved when a person is using his ATP_PC or lactic acid (anaerobic) systems.
In sports, agility is described in terms of response to an opposing player, moving target, as seen in field sports and racket sports. Sheppard and Young (2006) define agility as "a rapid whole body movement with change of velocity or direction in response to a stimulus."

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