- 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 crafting
Her many hobbies include tap dancing, baking, and lots and lots of crafting.From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson
November 6, 2014
Yes, Trainor managed to pen a few songs for Rascal Flatts, but she was more interested in crafting pop tunes.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
A fascination with crafting (I still have Mod Podge in bodily crevasses).Sororities Finally Take Back the Night
September 12, 2014
But the tradition of crafting a mask from the recently deceased stretches back far earlier than the creator of St. Petersburg.The Ukrainian Face Collector Launches an Exhibition in Kiev
August 21, 2014
Jacques Perritaz, a biologist-turned-cider producer, is crafting gorgeous examples at Ciderie du Vulcain.Wine, Watch Out! These Ciders Are Just as Good
July 19, 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 crafting
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.