'ART, The second person, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive veb am.
ART, n. [L. ars, artis; probably contracted from the root of W. cerz; Ir. ceard. The radical sense is strength from stretching, straining, the primary sense of strength and power, and hence of skill. See an analogy in can.]
- The disposition or modification of things by human skill, to answer the purpose intended. In this sense art stands opposed to nature. – Bacon. Encyc.
- A system of rules, serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; opposed to science, or to speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving. Arts are divided into useful or mechanic, and liberal or polite. The mechanic arts are those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind; as, in making clothes, and utensils. These arts are called trades. The liberal or polite arts are those in which the mind or imagination is chiefly concerned; as poetry, music, and painting.
In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity. – Irving.
- Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study or observation; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.
The second person, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb am; but from were, Sw. vara, Dan. værer.
- The second person singular, indicative
mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after
the analogy of the plural are, with the ending -t, as in thou
shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret.
Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style.
- The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation
of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of
knowledge or power to practical purposes.
- A system of rules serving to facilitate the
performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for
attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often
contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the
art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art
- The systematic application of knowledge or skill
in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring
such knowledge or skill.
- The application of skill to the production of
the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so
employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he
prefers art to literature.
- Those branches of learning which are
taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of
- Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or
- Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing
certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as,
a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.
- Skillful plan; device.
- Cunning; artifice; craft.
- The black art; magic.