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Art meaning

art - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. The second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural are, with the ending - t, as in thou shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style.
  2. 2. The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of knowledge or power to practical purposes.
  3. 3. A system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation.
  4. 4. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.
  5. 5. The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to literature.
  6. 6. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts.
  7. 7. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.
  8. 8. Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.
  9. 9. Skillful plan; device.
  10. 10. Cunning; artifice; craft.
  11. 11. The black art; magic.
  12. 12. 2d pers. sing. pres. tense of the verb to be.
  13. 13. Skill guided by rules; rules and method of doing; skill; cunning; a trade.

art - examples of usage

  1. And, besides, with me you needn't give up art. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. He kept an art school at Newlyn. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  3. Our Father which art in 'eaven! - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
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