1. the products of human creativity; works of art collectively;
- Example: "an art exhibition"
- Example: "a fine collection of art"
[syn: art, fine art]
2. the creation of beautiful or significant things;
- Example: "art does not need to be innovative to be good"
- Example: "I was never any good at art"
- Example: "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
[syn: art, artistic creation, artistic production]
3. a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation;
- Example: "the art of conversation"
- Example: "it's quite an art"
[syn: art, artistry, prowess]
4. photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication;
- Example: "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book"
[syn: artwork, art, graphics, nontextual matter]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
-ard \-ard\, -art \-art\ The termination of many English words; as, coward, reynard, drunkard, mostly from the French, in which language this ending is of German origin, being orig. the same word as English hard. It usually has the sense of one who has to a high or excessive degree the quality expressed by the root; as, braggart, sluggard. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Art \Art\ ([aum]rt). 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Art \Art\ ([aum]rt), n. [F. art, L. ars, artis, orig., skill in joining or fitting; prob. akin to E. arm, aristocrat, article.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Blest with each grace of nature and of art. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Science is systematized knowledge . . . Art is knowledge made efficient by skill. --J. F. Genung. [1913 Webster] 3. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill. [1913 Webster] The fishermen can't employ their art with so much success in so troubled a sea. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] 5. pl. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts. [1913 Webster] In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Four years spent in the arts (as they are called in colleges) is, perhaps, laying too laborious a foundation. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 6. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] So vast is art, so narrow human wit. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 7. 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. [1913 Webster] 8. Skillful plan; device. [1913 Webster] They employed every art to soothe . . . the discontented warriors. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 9. Cunning; artifice; craft. [1913 Webster] Madam, I swear I use no art at all. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Animals practice art when opposed to their superiors in strength. --Crabb. [1913 Webster] 10. The black art; magic. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Art and part (Scots Law), share or concern by aiding and abetting a criminal in the perpetration of a crime, whether by advice or by assistance in the execution; complicity. [1913 Webster] Note: The arts are divided into various classes. The useful arts, The mechanical arts, or The industrial arts are those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind; as in making clothes and utensils. These are called trades. The fine arts are those which have primarily to do with imagination and taste, and are applied to the production of what is beautiful. They include poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture; but the term is often confined to painting, sculpture, and architecture. The liberal arts (artes liberales, the higher arts, which, among the Romans, only freemen were permitted to pursue) were, in the Middle Ages, these seven branches of learning, -- grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In modern times the liberal arts include the sciences, philosophy, history, etc., which compose the course of academical or collegiate education. Hence, degrees in the arts; master and bachelor of arts. [1913 Webster] In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity. --Irving. [1913 Webster] Syn: Science; literature; aptitude; readiness; skill; dexterity; adroitness; contrivance; profession; business; trade; calling; cunning; artifice; duplicity. See Science. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
art n 1: the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art" [syn: art, fine art] 2: 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" [syn: art, artistic creation, artistic production] 3: a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art" [syn: art, artistry, prowess] 4: photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication; "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book" [syn: artwork, art, graphics, nontextual matter]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
313 Moby Thesaurus words for "art": American, Art Nouveau, Ashcan school, Barbizon, Bauhaus, Bolognese, British, Cobra, Dadaism, Dutch, Fauvism, Flemish, Fontainebleau, French, Gothicism, Italian, Italian hand, Mannerist, Milanese, Modenese, Momentum, Neapolitan, New York, Paduan, Parisian, Phases, Pre-Raphaelite, Raphaelite, Reflex, Restany, Roman, Scottish, Sienese, Spur, Suprematism, The Ten, Tuscan, Umbrian, Venetian, Washington, abstract expressionism, abstractionism, academic discipline, academic specialty, action painting, acuteness, address, adroitness, alphabet, applied science, area, arena, art nouveau, art schools, artful dodge, artfulness, artifice, artistic skill, artistry, arty-craftiness, astuteness, baroque, blind, blueprint, business, cageyness, callidity, calling, canniness, capability, career, career building, careerism, charactering, characterization, chart, chicanery, choreography, classicalism, classicism, cleverness, cloisonnism, competence, conceptual art, concern, conspiracy, constructivism, contrivance, conventional representation, conventionalism, coup, craft, craftiness, cubism, cunning, cunningness, cute trick, dance notation, deceit, delineation, demonstration, department of knowledge, depiction, depictment, design, device, dexterity, diagram, discipline, dodge, domain, drama, drawing, earth art, eclectic, elementarism, exemplification, existentialism, expedient, expertise, expressionism, fakement, feel, feint, fetch, field, field of inquiry, field of study, figuration, fine Italian hand, finesse, flair, foxiness, free abstraction, futurism, gambit, game, gamesmanship, gimmick, grift, groups, guile, hallucinatory painting, handicraft, handiness, hang, hieroglyphic, iconography, idealism, ideogram, illustration, imagery, imaging, impressionism, ingeniousness, insidiousness, intimism, intrigue, intuitionism, inventiveness, jugglery, kinetic art, knack, knavery, know-how, letter, lifework, limning, line, line of business, line of work, linear chromatism, little game, logogram, logograph, maneuver, map, matter painting, mechanics, mechanism, method, metier, minimal art, mission, modernism, move, musical notation, mystery, mysticism, natural science, naturalism, neoclassicism, neoconcrete art, neoconstructivism, nonobjectivism, notation, nuagism, number, occupation, ology, one-upmanship, op art, photomontage, pictogram, picturization, plan, plein-air, plot, ploy, poetic realism, poetic tachism, pointillism, portraiture, portrayal, postexpressionism, practice, prefigurement, preimpressionism, presentment, primitivism, printing, profession, proficiency, projection, province, pure science, purism, pursuit, quietistic painting, racket, readiness, realism, realization, red herring, rendering, rendition, representation, representationalism, representationism, resourcefulness, romanticism, ruse, satanic cunning, savvy, schema, scheme, science, score, script, sharpness, shift, shiftiness, shrewdness, skill, sleight, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, social science, sophistry, specialization, specialty, sphere, stealth, stealthiness, stratagem, strategy, study, subterfuge, subtilty, subtleness, subtlety, suppleness, suprematism, surrealism, syllabary, symbol, symbolism, synchromism, synthesism, tablature, tachism, tactic, talent, technic, technical know-how, technical knowledge, technical skill, technicology, technics, technique, technology, touch, trade, traditionalism, trick, trickery, trickiness, unism, virtu, vocation, vorticism, walk, walk of life, wariness, way, wile, wiles, wiliness, wily device, wit, work, writingV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
ART Adaptive Resonance Theory (NN)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
ART Advanced Resolution Technology (Minolta)The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
A real-time functional language. It timestamps each data value when it was created. ["Applicative Real-Time Programming", M. Broy, PROC IFIP 1983, N-H]. (1996-01-15)Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ART. The power of doing. something not taught by nature or instinct. Johnson. Eunomus defines art to be a collection of certain rules for doing anything in a set form. Dial. 2, p. 74. The Dictionaire des Sciences Medicales, q.v., defines it in nearly the same terms. 2. The arts are divided into mechanical and liberal arts. The mechanical arts are those which require more bodily than mental labor; they are usually called trades, and those who pursue them are called artisans or mechanics. The liberal are those which have for the sole or principal object, works of the mind, and those who are engaged in them are called artists. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 35. 3. The act of Congress of July 4, 1836, s. 6, in describing the subjects of patents, uses the term art. The sense of this word in its usual acceptation is perhaps too comprehensive. The thing to be patented is not a mere elementary, principle, or intellectual discovery, but a principle put in practice, and applied to some art, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter. 4 Mason, 1. 4. Copper-plate printing on the back of a bank note, is an art for which a patent may be granted. 4 Wash. C. C. R. 9.The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ART, n. This word has no definition. Its origin is related as follows by the ingenious Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J. One day a wag -- what would the wretch be at? -- Shifted a letter of the cipher RAT, And said it was a god's name! Straight arose Fantastic priests and postulants (with shows, And mysteries, and mummeries, and hymns, And disputations dire that lamed their limbs) To serve his temple and maintain the fires, Expound the law, manipulate the wires. Amazed, the populace that rites attend, Believe whate'er they cannot comprehend, And, inly edified to learn that two Half-hairs joined so and so (as Art can do) Have sweeter values and a grace more fit Than Nature's hairs that never have been split, Bring cates and wines for sacrificial feasts, And sell their garments to support the priests.