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Dictionary Definition

craft

Noun

1 the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice" [syn: trade]
2 a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
3 people who perform a particular kind of skilled work; "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade" [syn: trade]
4 skill in an occupation or trade [syn: craftsmanship, workmanship]
5 shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception [syn: craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness] v : make by hand and with much skill; "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Craft traces back to the Indo-European root *ger-, meaning "to twist, turn."

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his craft as an apprentice" [syn: trade].
  2. (15th-17th centuries) Any net, line or hook used to catch fish; (later) any fishing vessel, then any small vessel.
  3. A vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space.
  4. People who perform a particular kind of skilled work; "he represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the trade" [syn: trade].
  5. A skill in an occupation or trade [syn: craftsmanship, workmanship].
  6. Shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception [syn: craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness].

Translations

skilled practice
vehicle designed for navigation
people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
skill in an occupation
shrewdness

Verb

  1. To make by hand and with much skill.
  2. To construct, develop something (like a skilled craftsman): "state crafting", "crafting global policing."

Translations

make by hand

References

Extensive Definition

A craft is a skill, especially involving practical arts. It may refer to a trade or particular art.
The term is often used as part of a longer word (and also in the plural). For example, a craft-brother is a fellow worker in a particular trade and a craft-guild is, historically, a guild of workers in the same trade. See some further examples below.
The term is often used to describe the family of artistic practices within the decorative arts that traditionally are defined by their relationship to functional or utilitarian products (such as sculptural forms in the vessel tradition) or by their use of such natural media as wood, clay, glass, textiles, and metal. Crafts practiced by independent artists working alone or in small groups are often referred to as studio craft. Studio craft includes studio pottery, metal work, weaving, wood turning and other forms of wood working, glass blowing, and glass art.
A craft fair is an organized event to display crafts by a number of exhibitors.
Folk art follows craft traditions, in contrast to fine art or "high art".
Both Freemasonry and Wicca are alternatively know as 'The Craft' by their adherents.

See also

craft in Bosnian: Zanat
craft in Czech: Řemeslo
craft in Modern Greek (1453-): Τεχνική
craft in Indonesian: Kriya
craft in Hebrew: אומנות
craft in Russian: Промысел
craft in Albanian: Firma zejtare
craft in Simple English: Craft
craft in Slovak: Remeslo
craft in Swedish: Hantverk
craft in Chinese: 工藝

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Italian hand, ability, acuteness, address, adeptness, adroitness, aeroplane, aircraft, airmanship, animal cunning, argosy, art, artful dodge, artfulness, artifice, artisan work, artisanship, artistry, astuteness, bark, blind, boat, bottom, bravura, brilliance, bucket, business, cageyness, callidity, calling, canniness, capability, capacity, career, career building, careerism, chicanery, cleverness, command, competence, conspiracy, contrivance, control, coordination, coup, craftiness, craftsmanship, craftwork, cunning, cunningness, cute trick, deceit, deceitfulness, deftness, design, device, deviousness, dexterity, dexterousness, dextrousness, diplomacy, dodge, duplicity, efficiency, expedient, expertise, expertness, fabricate, facility, fakement, falseheartedness, falseness, fashion, feint, fetch, fine Italian hand, finesse, flair, foxiness, fraud, furtiveness, gambit, game, gamesmanship, genius, gimmick, grace, grift, grip, guile, guilefulness, handicraft, handiness, handiwork, hooker, horsemanship, hovercraft, hulk, hull, hypocrisy, indirection, industrial art, industrial design, ingeniousness, ingenuity, insidiousness, intrigue, inventiveness, job, jugglery, keel, knavery, know-how, leviathan, lifework, line, line of business, line of work, little game, low cunning, make, maneuver, manual art, marksmanship, mastership, mastery, mechanics, mechanism, metalcraft, method, metier, mission, move, mystery, number, occupation, one-upmanship, packet, pawkiness, plane, plot, ploy, practical ability, practice, profession, proficiency, prowess, pursuit, quickness, racket, readiness, red herring, resource, resourcefulness, rocket, ruse, satanic cunning, savoir-faire, savvy, scheme, science, seamanship, sharpness, shift, shiftiness, ship, shrewdness, skill, skillfulness, sleight, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneak attack, sneakiness, sophistry, spacecraft, spaceship, specialization, specialty, stealth, stealthiness, stonecraft, stratagem, strategy, style, subterfuge, subtility, subtilty, subtleness, subtlety, suppleness, surreptitiousness, tact, tactfulness, tactic, talent, technic, technical brilliance, technical know-how, technical knowledge, technical mastery, technical skill, technics, technique, technology, timing, trade, treacherousness, trick, trickery, trickiness, tub, underhandedness, vessel, virtuosity, vocation, walk, walk of life, wariness, watercraft, wile, wiles, wiliness, wily device, wit, wizardry, woodcraft, work, workmanship
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