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1craft

noun \ˈkraft\

: an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands

: a job or activity that requires special skill

crafts : objects made by skillful use of the hands

Full Definition of CRAFT

1
:  skill in planning, making, or executing :  dexterity
2
a :  an occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill <the carpenter's craft> <the craft of writing plays> <crafts such as pottery, carpentry, and sewing>
b plural :  articles made by craftspeople <a store selling crafts> <a crafts fair>
3
:  skill in deceiving to gain an end <used craft and guile to close the deal>
4
:  the members of a trade or trade association
5
plural usually craft
a :  a boat especially of small size
b :  aircraft
c :  spacecraft

Examples of CRAFT

  1. <the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times>
  2. <borrowed a craft to get across the river>

Origin of CRAFT

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of CRAFT

art, skill, cunning, artifice, craft mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power <the art of choosing the right word>. skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency <the skill of a glassblower>. cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. craft may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>.

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with CRAFT

2craft

verb

: to make or produce (something) with care or skill

Full Definition of CRAFT

transitive verb
:  to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity <is crafting a new sculpture> <a carefully crafted story>
craft·er \ˈkraf-tər\ noun

Examples of CRAFT

  1. The furniture is crafted from bamboo.
  2. He is crafting a new sculpture.
  3. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.

First Known Use of CRAFT

15th century

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought
CRAFTER Defined for Kids

1craft

noun \ˈkraft\

Definition of CRAFT for Kids

1
:  skill in making things especially with the hands
2
:  an occupation or trade requiring skill with the hands or as an artist <Carpentry is a craft.>
3
plural usually craft :  a boat especially when of small size
4
plural usually craft :  aircraft
5
:  skill and cleverness often used to trick people <What he lacked in speed … was more than made up for by his craft … — Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill>

2craft

verb
craft·edcraft·ing

Definition of CRAFT for Kids

:  to make or produce with care or skill

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