, n. 1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.
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A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap.
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2. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing a specific task; skill; aptitude; facility; dexterity; -- often used with for; as, a knack for playing the guitar.
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The fellow . . . has not the knack with his shears.
B. Jonson.
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The dean was famous in his time,
And had a kind of knack at rhyme.
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3. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device. "The knacks of japers." Chaucer.
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For how should equal colors do the knack !
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