agility


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Agility

The facility with which a person can quickly move in space as intended or demanded by changing circumstances.

a·gil·i·ty

(ă-jil'i-tē)
The ability to accelerate, decelerate, stabilize, and change directions quickly while maintaining proper body posture.
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The great tails of the plant men lashed with tremendous power about us as they charged from various directions or sprang with the agility of greyhounds above our heads; but every attack met a gleaming blade in sword hands that had been reputed for twenty years the best that Mars ever had known; for Tars Tarkas and John Carter were names that the fighting men of the world of warriors loved best to speak.
When we reached the opening at the top Tars Tarkas drew to one side that I might pass out and investigate, as, owing to my lesser weight and greater agility, I was better fitted for the perilous threading of this dizzy, hanging pathway.
Then endow this creature of your imagination with the agility and ferocity of a half-starved Bengal tiger and the strength of a span of bulls, and you will have some faint conception of Woola in action.
From the previous slowness of the beast I had been led to look for no such marvelous agility as he now displayed.
With the agility of a cat Tarzan ran up the cliff for thirty feet before he paused, and there finding a secure foothold, he stopped and looked down upon Numa who was leaping upward in a wild and futile attempt to scale the rocky wall to his prey.
And behind them all came Tarzan of the Apes, racing through the jungle forest with the speed and agility of a squirrel, for he had heard the shouts of the warriors and had interpreted them correctly.
His strength, his agility, his courage, and his intelligence rendered him easily a match for half a dozen black men in a hand-to-hand struggle, but not even Tarzan of the Apes could hope to successfully cope with half a hundred.
Jones then stepping without the wood, perceived the old man sitting as we have just described him; he presently exerted his utmost agility, and with surprizing expedition ascended the hill.
He jumped from ticker to 'phone, from desk to door with the trained agility of a harlequin.
DLA made its compelling needs determination in May, but Agility did not receive a written copy of the DLA memorandum until last week.
Experts have been unable to pinpoint the critical variables that determine the athlete's agility potential.
But in agility trials, ``you see all sorts of dogs that can do well,'' she said.