- an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill: the craft of a mason.
- skill; dexterity: The silversmith worked with great craft.
- skill or ability used for bad purposes; cunning; deceit; guile.
- the members of a trade or profession collectively; a guild.
- a ship or other vessel.
- a number of ships or other vessels taken as a whole: The craft were warned of possible heavy squalls.
- aircraft collectively.
- a single aircraft.
- to make or manufacture (an object, objects, product, etc.) with skill and careful attention to detail.
Origin of craft
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Examples from the Web for crafted
Within a matter of hours, the vessel that Mooney had crafted began to sink.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
But viewers know the rules of these shows, how they are crafted and stories manipulated, and are complicit with the manipulation.‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ Loses a Leg in Sixth-Season Finale
July 23, 2014
But she crafted the line as the opinion of “members of Congress of both parties,” not her opinion.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: June 1
June 1, 2014
Rupert Neve Designs crafted the console that lives at Third Man Records.Jack White Sets World Record for Fastest Record Release
April 22, 2014
With several of his key advisers offline, Snowden crafted his question for Putin.Snowden’s Camp: Staged Putin Q&A Was a Screw-Up
April 21, 2014
- skill or ability, esp in handiwork
- skill in deception and trickery; guile; cunning
- an occupation or trade requiring special skill, esp manual dexterity
- the members of such a trade, regarded collectively
- (as modifier)a craft guild
- a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
- (functioning as plural) ships, boats, aircraft, or spacecraft collectively
- (tr) to make or fashion with skill, esp by hand
Word Origin and History for crafted
Old English cræft, originally "power, physical strength, might," from Proto-Germanic *krab-/*kraf- (cf. Old Frisian kreft, Old High German chraft, German Kraft "strength, skill;" Old Norse kraptr "strength, virtue"). Sense expanded in Old English to include "skill, art, science, talent" (via a notion of "mental power"), which led to the meaning "trade, handicraft, calling." The word still was used for "might, power" in Middle English.
Use for "small boat" is first recorded 1670s, probably from a phrase resembling vessels of small craft and referring either to the trade they did or the seamanship they required, or perhaps it preserves the word in its original sense of "power."
Old English cræftan "to exercise a craft, build," from the same source as craft (n.). Meaning "to make skilfully" is from early 15c., obsolete from 16c., but revived c.1950s, largely in U.S. advertising and commercial senses. Related: Crafted; crafting.