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artifact

Definition:

a man-made object taken as a whole

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Derivative:

artifactual

Plural:

artifacts

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

artefact [British spelling]

Etymology:

artefact, "anything made by human art", from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

artifact | artefact

a variant spelling of "artefact" | something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, especially an object of archaeological ... (26 of 459 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/artifact

Wikipedia:

Artifact [disambiguation] | Artifact(s) | artefact(s)

may refer to: Artifact (archaeology), an object formed by humans, particularly one of interest to archaeologists | Artifact (software development), one of many kinds of tangible byproducts produced during the development of software | Cultural... (33 of 366 words, 25 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Artifact

American Heritage Dictionary:

artifact | artefact [sense-specific] | artifactual [adjective, related]

An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest. | Something viewed as a ... (23 of 156 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artifact

Random House Dictionary:

artifact | artefact

any object made by human beings, especially with a view to subsequent use. | a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of ... (28 of 141 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/artifact

Wiktionary:

artifact | artifacts [plural] | artefact [sense-specific]

An object made or shaped by human hand. | [archaeology] An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation. | Something viewed as a product of human ... (39 of 141 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/artifact

Merriam-Webster:

artifact | artefact [British] | artifactual [adjective, related]

something created by humans usually for a practical purpose ; especially, ... | a product of artificial character (as in a scientific test) due ... (23 of 137 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/artifact

Oxford Dictionary:

artifact | artefact [British] | artifactual [derived]

Syllabification: (ar·ti·fact) | an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest | something observed in a ... (21 of 112 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/artifact

Macmillan British Dictionary:

artefact [countable] | artefacts [plural] | artifact

an object that was made a long time ago and is historically important, for example a tool or weapon (19 of 45 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/artefact

New World Dictionary:

artifact | artefact [British]

any object made by human work; especially, a simple or primitive tool, weapon, vessel, etc. | [histology] any nonnatural feature or structure ... (21 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artifact

Cambridge Dictionary:

artefact [British] | artifact [United States]

an object that is made by a person, such as a tool or a decoration, especially one that is of historical interest (22 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/artefact

Encarta Dictionary:

artifact | artifacts [plural] | artefact: artefacts [plural] | artefacts [plural] | artefact

an object made by a human being, e.g. a tool or ornament, especially one that has archaeological or cultural interest | something that appears to ... (24 of 113 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586983​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

artifact

First use: 1821

Origin: artefact, "anything made by human art", from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte "by skill" (ablative of ars "art"; see ... (20 of 55 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=artifact

artefact

Origin: older and alternative spelling of "artifact".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=artefact

American Heritage Dictionary:

artifact

Origin: Latin arte, ablative of ars, art; see "art" [entry 1] + factum, something made (from neuter past participle of ... (19 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artifact

Merriam-Webster:

artifact

First use: 1821

Origin: Latin arte by skill (ablative of art-, ars skill) + factum, neuter of factus, past participle of facere to do, do

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/artifact

Wiktionary:

artifact | artifacts [plural]

Origin: Alteration of artefact, from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte ("by skill"), (ablative of ars ("art")) + factum ("thing made"), from facere

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/artifact

Oxford Dictionary:

artifact | artefact [British]

First use: early 19th century

Origin: Latin arte "by or using art" + factum "something made" (neuter past participle of facere "make")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/artifact

Collins Dictionary:

artifact | artefact

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/artifact

New World Dictionary:

artifact

Origin: Latin arte, by skill (ablative of ars, "art") + factum, thing made (see "fact")

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artifact

Encarta Dictionary:

artifact | artifacts [plural] | artefact: artefacts [plural] | artefacts [plural]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Latin arte, a form of ars "skill" + factum "thing made"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586983​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

artifact | artefact

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "artifact"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/artifact

artefact | artifact

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "artefact"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/artefact

Macmillan British Dictionary:

artifact

Audio: British English pronunciation of "artifact"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/artifact

artefact [countable] | artefacts [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "artefact"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/artefact

Cambridge Dictionary:

artifact

Audio: North American English pronunuciation of "artifact"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/artifact

artefact [British]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "artefact"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/artefact

the Free Dictionary:

artifact

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "artifact"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "artifact"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/artifact

artefact

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "artefact"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "artefact"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "artefact" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/artefact

Google Dictionary:

artifact | artefacts [plural] | artifacts [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "artifact"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=artifact

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

artifact

Audio: North American pronunciation of "artifact"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=artifa​01 word=artifact

YourDictionary Audio:

artifact

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "artifact" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artifact

artefact

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "artefact"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/artefact

Macmillan American Dictionary:

artefact

Audio: North American pronunciation of "artefact"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/artefact

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