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Definition of Art


  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. 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. 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. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.
  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. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts.
  7. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.
  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. Skillful plan; device.
  10. Cunning; artifice; craft.
  11. The black art; magic.
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Art Translations

art in Afrikaans is kuns
art in Danish is kunst
art in Dutch is kunst
art in Finnish is taide
art in French is artistique, art
art in Italian is arte, art
art in Latin is professio
art in Norwegian is kunst
art in Portuguese is arte
art in Spanish is ma a, arte
art in Swedish is konst