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artifact n : a man-made object taken as a whole [syn: artefact] [ant: natural object]

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Latin ars, artis art, factum something made (or arte facto, made by art)


  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


man-made object
archaeological object
something viewed as a product of human conception
artificial feature
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Extensive Definition

Artifact or artefact may refer to:
artifact in Czech: Artefakt
artifact in German: Artefakt
artifact in Spanish: Artefacto (desambiguación)
artifact in French: Artefact
artifact in Italian: Artefatto (disambigua)
artifact in Dutch: Artefact
artifact in Polish: Artefakt
artifact in Portuguese: Artefato
artifact in Russian: Артефакт
artifact in Simple English: Artifact
artifact in Slovak: Artefakt

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