Complete Definition of "artifact"

English

Alternative spellings
artefact (Commonwealth)

Etymology
Latin ars, Wiktionary Appendix:Latin third declension|artis art, factum something made (or arte facto, made by art)

Noun
en-noun

  1. An object made by human hand or shaped by it.
  2. An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, esp. such an object found at an archaeological excavation.

#* The dig produced many Roman artifacts.

  1. Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element.

#* "The very act of looking at a naked model was an artifact of male supremacy" (Philip Weiss).
#: Ref: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 8 March 2007.

  1. A structure or finding in an experiment or investigation that is not a true feature of the object under observation, but is a result of external action, the test arrangement, or an experimental error.

#* The spot on his lung turned out to be an artifact of the X-ray process.

Translations
trans-top|man-made object
Czech: artefakt
Finnish: esine, artefakti
Portuguese: artefato
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trans-top|archaeological object
Czech: artefakt
Finnish: esine, artefakti
German: Artefakt n
Norwegian: kulturgjenstand
Portuguese: artefato
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trans-top|something viewed as a product of human conception
Finnish: tuote, tulos, luomus, artefakti
Portuguese: produto
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trans-top|artificial feature
Finnish: häiriö, virhehavainto, väärä löydös, artefakti
Portuguese: interferência
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checktrans
trans-top|translations to be checked
ttbc|Dutch: artefact
ttbc|French: artefact
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