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Definitions of art

  1. the creation of beautiful or significant things; " art does not need to be innovative to be good"; " I was never any good at art"; " he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
  2. the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; " an art exhibition"; " a fine collection of art"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.
  7. 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.
  8. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts.
  9. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.
  10. 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.
  11. Skillful plan; device.
  12. The black art; magic.
  13. The use of means to the accomplishment of some end; music, painting, sculpture, or literature, or the practice of one of them; practical skill; knack; cunning.
  14. Second pers. pres. indic. sing. of the verb be: used only in solemn or poetic style.
  15. 2d pers. sing. Of the present tense of the verb to be.
  16. Practical skill guided by rules: the rules and methods of doing certain actions: a profession or trade: contrivance: skill: cunning: artifice.
  17. 2d pers. sing. pres. tense of the verb to be.
  18. Skill guided by rules; rules and method of doing; skill; cunning; a trade.
  19. 2d per. sing. pres. ind. of BE, v.
  20. Skill in some practical work; dexterity; facility; a system of rules; as, the industrial or mechanical arts.
  21. The embodiment of beautiful thought in artistic forms; also, the works thus produced, collectively; as, the esthetic or fine arts; also, artistic skill.
  22. Craft; cunning.
  23. An organized body of trained craftsmen; a gild.
  24. The employment of means to the accomplishment of some end, directed by knowledge and skill; a system of rules directive of the skill in the attainment of a certain end; the practice of a system directed to the production of a work of art, generally of fine art; practical skill; dexterity; cunning. See Arts. Art and part, the contriving and partaking in a criminal art, said to be an abridgment of artifex particeps.
  25. The second person singular, indicative mood, present tense, of the verb to be.
  26. The 2d sing. of the pres. tense of am.
  27. Anything done by human skill- the opposite of nature; knowledge applied to the uses of everyday life- the opposite of science; a trade; skill; cunning.

Usage examples for art

  1. Thou art a happy mother; I live in the past: and all thy children I will love as if they were my own. – Tales From the 'Phantasus', etc. of Ludwig Tieck by Ludwig Tieck
  2. What art thou, Life? – The Fatal Falsehood by Hannah More
  3. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Art. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  4. No- thou art content now? – A Village of Vagabonds by F. Berkeley Smith
  5. Haven't you noticed that our chaperon has been very much interested in art lately? – Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  6. You may work half an hour on it every day, and, when it is finished, it will be a pretty little gift for Mrs. Harrison, and it will also teach you something of an old- fashioned but useful art. – Marjorie's Busy Days by Carolyn Wells
  7. What, have fear of change from thee who art ever the same? – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  8. It is about the Javanese and their art, and the court of Djokjakarta, very interesting; you would enjoy it. – Letters of a Javanese Princess by Raden Adjeng Kartini Commentator: Louis Couperus
  9. Thou art too beautiful for any other man than I even to look upon! – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  10. But who art thou? – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  11. A or an, art. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. Art thou mad, Morayma? – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  13. Let me see; art thee a lad to be trusted?" – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  14. Art can do something more than say this. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  15. 1656. The Art of Simpling. – The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  16. I tried every art, and love has many, but when I spoke so plainly, it seemed as if a very child must have understood me. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  17. 181 Poet and art writer. – A Brief Handbook of English Authors by Oscar Fay Adams
  18. " It is easy to see that thou art far from being a fool," he said. – A Boy's Ride by Gulielma Zollinger
  19. Then he asked me whether I had the courage to make some beautiful work of art. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
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