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

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

Synonyms for craft

Synonyms: Noun

art, handcraft, handicraft, trade

Synonyms: Verb

cast, compose, draft, draw up, formulate, frame, prepare

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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

However, Boom, or any other manufacturer for that matter, must design a craft that avoids the problems that killed the first wave of supersonic jets. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 Bormanis was initially stumped as to how such a thing might work, given that quantum mechanics governs the subatomic realm, and the Orville is an enormous craft moving faster than the speed of light. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 Then, raid your craft drawer for markers, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and more. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "6 Tips For Teen Babysitters That Are Totally Life-Changing," 21 Dec. 2018 While visiting Brinsworth House in Twickenham, the Duchess of Sussex talked to residents and helped them decorate a sign at the residential care center with festive name tags and crafts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Handwriting Is Insanely Perfect," 19 Dec. 2018 Its chef, David Castro Hussong, a graduate of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Eleven Madison Park, crafts elevated tasting menus that play with Mexican classics. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Once everything is sorted, start packing non-essential items (think: holiday decorations and craft supplies). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Rooms are programmed for specific activities: craft rooms, man caves, movie theaters. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Building houses that grow with us," 14 Nov. 2018 Hopes now rest on KickSat-2, another shoebox-sized craft set to launch in November from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018

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Director Steve McQueen and screenwriter Gillian Flynn brilliantly craft a film that feels more like an analysis of society than a narrative about four very different women planning a robbery. Yolanda Machado, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cast of Widows Knows How to Fix Our Broken World," 19 Nov. 2018 Under the terms of an agreement worked out between Mactaggart and other stakeholders, state lawmakers crafted a bill with a similar effect and plan to vote on it next week. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "There's a deal to pull consumer privacy measure from the California ballot," 21 June 2018 Or craft your own combo by ordering pad thai, a robust Lao version of the familiar noodle dish found at Thai restaurants. Tom Hanchett, charlotteobserver, "Discover Lao sausages and more at JP To Go," 20 June 2018 Writer Dan Watters crafts the voices of the Otherworld with a dreamy prose while artist Val Rodrigues and colorist Triona Farrell make absolute beauty with pages washed in pinks that are aching to be stared at. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #40: New Nancy Drew, sci-fi and more coming in comics," 13 June 2018 As a result of the incident, New York state Sen. Marisol Alcantara, a Manhattan Democrat, crafted legislation entitled Kokito's Law -- a new pet passenger bill of rights. Carma Hassan, CNN, "Family, United Airlines settle over dog's death," 24 May 2018 The pullover, which is artfully crafted with Noah's angelic face, is $45 and will ship to you just in time for all those ugly Christmas sweater parties. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Noah Centineo Ugly Christmas Sweater is the Holiday Miracle We All Deserve," 7 Dec. 2018 From designer baubles that will bring high fashion to your tree, to beautifully hand-crafted ornaments from Peru, here are the very best bits of brightness to dress up your tree this season. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Christmas Tree Ornaments So Fabulous You’ll Want to Admire Them All Year Long," 5 Dec. 2018 The sale’s variety included gold hat pins, porcelain services for 20, 30 or 40 and their remnants, antique textiles, festooned finger bowls, fine furniture, and examples of every sort of object possible to craft from sterling silver. Michael Henry Adams, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of Eileen Slocum's Astounding Newport Mansion," 28 Sep. 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 and Verb

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

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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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