What does the word adept mean?

Usage examples for adept

  1. These results consist in improvements and discoveries which enable the adept in that new department of military engineering to explode his torpedoes whether buried on land or submerged in the water, singly or in groups, instanteously and at any distance to transmit through them without the risk of explosion, orders and commands, and as readily as through the ordinary line of telegraph. – A brief sketch of the work of Matthew Fontaine Maury during the war, 1861-1865 by Richard L. Maury
  2. He kept a greedy eye on the artistic possessions still remaining in the hands of impoverished native owners; he knew the exact moment of debt and difficulty in which to bring a foreign gold to bear; he was an adept in all the arts by which officials are bribed, and pictures are smuggled. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward