2. Skill in evasion or deception; guile.
a. An occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or skilled artistry.
b. The practitioners of such an occupation or trade considered as a group.
4. pl. craft A boat, ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
5. crafts Items made by craftspeople.
To make or construct (something) with care or ingenuity.
[Middle English, from Old English cræft.]
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1. skill or ability, esp in handiwork
2. skill in deception and trickery; guile; cunning
3. (Crafts) an occupation or trade requiring special skill, esp manual dexterity
a. the members of such a trade, regarded collectively
b. (as modifier): a craft guild.
5. (Nautical Terms) a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
6. (Aeronautics) a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
7. (Astronautics) a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
8. (Nautical Terms) (functioning as plural) ships, boats, aircraft, or spacecraft collectively
(tr) to make or fashion with skill, esp by hand
[Old English cræft skill, strength; related to Old Norse kraptr power, skill, Old High German kraft]
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n., pl. crafts, for 5,8, craft, n.
1. an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, esp. manual skill.
2. skill; dexterity.
3. cunning; deceit.
4. the membership of a guild.
5. a ship or other vessel.
6. a number of ships or other vessels taken as a whole.
7. an aircraft.
8. aircraft collectively.
9. to make or manufacture (an object or objects) with great skill and care.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English cræft strength, skill, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon kraft, Old High German chraft, Old Norse kraptr]
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vessels collectively, 1671; a brotherhood of freemasons, 1430; those engaged in a craft or trade, 1362.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A craft is an activity such as weaving, carving, or pottery that involves making things skilfully by hand, often in a traditional way. When craft has this meaning, its plural form is crafts.
It’s a pity to see the old crafts dying out.
A craft is also a vehicle such as a boat, hovercraft, or submarine that carries people or things on or under water. When craft has this meaning, its plural form is craft.
There were eight destroyers and fifty smaller craft.
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Past participle: crafted
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