craft

noun
\ˈkraft \

Definition of craft 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skill in planning, making, or executing : dexterity "We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if win we can, by craft."— Jack London

2a : 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 He learned the craft as an apprentice.

b crafts 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

craft

verb
crafted; crafting; crafts

Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity She is crafting a new sculpture. a carefully crafted story

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Other Words from craft

Verb

crafter \ ˈkraf-​tər \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of craft in a Sentence

Noun

the craft of cabinetmaking was much admired in colonial times borrowed a craft to get across the river

Verb

The furniture is crafted from bamboo. He is crafting a new sculpture. She crafted a strategy to boost the company's earnings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The downtown area still serves as home for the craft and business vendors and the entertainment tent. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Plainfield Fest returns with expanded lineup," 12 July 2018 Trump likes him personally, but maybe not the same level of jurisprudential craft and talent. Fox News, "Unions brace for fallout from SCOTUS's Janus decision," 8 July 2018 Second Sunday on Main This popular street fair features craft and food vendors, live entertainment, demonstrations and a whole lot more. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 6 July 2018 Activities included interactive games, a rock climbing wall, mini golf, arts and crafts and a water day to close out the week. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Periwinkle Day Camp brings joy to campers battling cancer and life-threating illnesses," 3 July 2018 Doreen used her creative talents to help design and build her home, as well as crafts and jewelry. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Doreen Jean Lyon," 1 July 2018 His game—full of craft and exceptional angles, and a lot speed on the run—has been perfect for grass. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Andy Murray Won’t Play Wimbledon," 1 July 2018 The market celebrates the holiday with crafts, music, and a children's parade around the grounds. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Farmers Market Celebrates 4th Of July," 11 July 2018 Friday night’s kick-off activities included a cardboard canoe race, river crafts, face painting, a light bright board where kids made images with glowing sticks and a miniature obstacle course. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "Saturday fireworks planned as Yorkville River Fest celebrates on and near the water," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now that states are free to craft laws legalizing sports gambling, the latest question is whether to enter the potential $9 billion mobile-betting market. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018 With a narrative form that has something of the beauty and rippling reach of epic poetry, Massini uses his family saga to craft a parable of what, arguably, has been the final nail in the coffin of the American Dream. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 With all but one board member present, the board unanimously voted June 27 to authorize district staff to craft ballot language for the November general election ballot that would raise property taxes for four years. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Under fire, Miami schools chief revises ballot language to hike taxes for teacher pay," 12 July 2018 Madrigal also plans to consistently craft new dishes and rotate them out on the menu. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Former longtime Z'Tejas chef finally opens his own Mexican restaurant in Phoenix," 12 July 2018 To the district’s credit, after problems surfaced, school officials met with parents, school staffers and members of the Philly Healthy Schools Initiative to craft better procedures moving forward. Dylan Purcell, Philly.com, "Can Philadelphia school officials be trusted with millions in state money to clean up lead paint?," 12 July 2018 Even many climate activists think the CPP was an imperfect solution – a way to use existing legislation in a somewhat clunky way, given the failure of Congress to craft a bill that more directly targets climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "From new leadership to Clean Power Plan, subtle shifts ripple through EPA," 11 July 2018 Other programs included an educational effort by the Fresno Metropolitan Ministry to engage students and parents in low-income neighborhoods to craft a local plan to reduce air emission that could be replicated by other communities. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$10 million in cap-and-trade dollars awarded for environmental justice programs, including to native tribe in San Diego," 11 July 2018 But the party is also facing an internal reckoning on how to craft the best message for November and has dramatically trailed fundraising by the Republican National Committee under its chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "The DNC Is Betting on a Woman Boss To Turn The Midterms Blue," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of craft

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for craft

Noun

Middle English, strength, skill, from Old English cræft; akin to Old High German kraft strength

Verb

see craft entry 1

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The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

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craft

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

craft

verb

English Language Learners Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

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

craft

noun
\ˈkraft \

Kids Definition of craft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

craft

verb
crafted; crafting

Kids Definition of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or produce with care or skill

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