From Late Latin fluentia. Cognate with French fluence.
fluency (countable and uncountable, plural fluencies)
- The quality of smoothness of flow.
1996, Vera Morris, Bill Francoeur, A Little Princess: The Musical: Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “Sara Crewe”, Denver, Colo.: Pioneer Drama Service, →OCLC, act I, scene i, page 4:
She has fluency, nobility, / Elegance and symmetry, / Stability, fluidity, / Like poetry in motion.
- (linguistics) The quality of being fluent in a language; A person's command of a particular language.
- The quality of consistently applying skill correctly in the manner of one well-practiced at it, requiring little deliberate thought to perform without mistakes
2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1 – 0 Everton”, in BBC Sport: While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned his players against letting the pre-match festivities distract them from the task at hand, they clearly struggled for fluency early on.
quality of smoothness of flow
linguistics: being fluent in a language
quality of consistently applying skill correctly