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art 1  (?rt)
1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
a. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
b. The study of these activities.
c. The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a group.
3. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value.
4. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
5. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
a. A system of principles and methods employed in the performance of a set of activities: the art of building.
b. A trade or craft that applies such a system of principles and methods: the art of the lexicographer.
a. Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of the baker; the blacksmiths art.
b. Skill arising from the exercise of intuitive faculties: Self-criticism is an art not many are qualified to practice (Joyce Carol Oates).
a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
b. Artful contrivance; cunning.
9. Printing Illustrative material.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars, art-; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: art1, craft, expertise, knack, know-how, technique
These nouns denote skill in doing or performing that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of rhetoric; pottery that reveals an artists craft; political expertise; a knack for teaching; mechanical know-how; a precise diving technique.

art 2  (rt; ?rt when stressed)
v. Archaic
A second person singular present indicative of be.

[Middle English, from Old English eart; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.]

art  /rt/  n. 1 [U] making or expressing of that which is beautiful: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, drama, dance, etc.: That museum has a great collection of art. 2 [U] the skill to do s.t. well: She knows the art of making good conversation with people.
n.pl. 1 the arts: dance, music, painting, sculpture, poetry, plays, and other writings 2 the liberal arts: literature, music, languages, etc., as distinguished from the sciences: He was a liberal arts major in college. art

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