Monday, January 28, 2008

Significant Artifacts

ar * ti* fact

–noun
1.any object made by human beings, esp. with a view to subsequent use.
2.a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, characteristic of an earlier time or cultural stage, esp. such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
3.any mass-produced, usually inexpensive object reflecting contemporary society or popular culture: artifacts of the pop rock generation.
4.a substance or structure not naturally present in the matter being observed but formed by artificial means, as during preparation of a microscope slide.
5.a spurious observation or result arising from preparatory or investigative procedures.
6.any feature that is not naturally present but is a product of an extrinsic agent, method, or the like: statistical artifacts that make the inflation rate seem greater than it is.
Also, artefact.



[Origin: 1815–25; var. of artefact <>arte factum (something) made with skill. See ART, ]

A wool blazer that belonged to my grandmother, Nellie Walker.

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