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'ART, The second person, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive veb am.




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'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.]

  1. The disposition or modification of things by human skill, to answer the purpose intended. In this sense art stands opposed to nature. – Bacon. Encyc.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

ART, v.

The second person, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb am; but from were, Sw. vara, Dan. værer.


Art
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    Blest with each grace of nature and of art.
    Pope.

  3. 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 of navigation.

    Science is systematized knowledge . . . Art is knowledge made efficient by skill.
    J. F. Genung.

  4. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill.

    The fishermen can't employ their art with so much success in so troubled a sea.
    Addison.

  5. 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.
  6. Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts.

    In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts.
    Pope.

    Four years spent in the arts (as they are called in colleges) is, perhaps, laying too laborious a foundation.
    Goldsmith.

  7. Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters.

    [Archaic]

    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
    Pope.

  8. 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.
  9. Skillful plan; device.

    They employed every art to soothe . . . the discontented warriors.
    Macaulay.

  10. Cunning; artifice; craft.

    Madam, I swear I use no art at all.
    Shak.

    Animals practice art when opposed to their superiors in strength.
    Crabb.

  11. The black art; magic.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    Art and part (Scots Law), share or concern by aiding and abetting a criminal in the perpetration of a crime, whether by advice or by assistance in the execution; complicity.

    * The arts are divided into various classes. The useful, mechanical, or industrial arts are those in which the hands and body are more concerned than the mind; as in making clothes and utensils. These are called trades. The fine arts are those which have primarily to do with imagination and taste, and are applied to the production of what is beautiful. They include poetry, music, painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture; but the term is often confined to painting, sculpture, and architecture. The liberal arts (artes liberales, the higher arts, which, among the Romans, only freemen were permitted to pursue) were, in the Middle Ages, these seven branches of learning, -- grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. In modern times the liberal arts include the sciences, philosophy, history, etc., which compose the course of academical or collegiate education. Hence, degrees in the arts; master and bachelor of arts.

    In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity.
    Irving.

    Syn. -- Science; literature; aptitude; readiness; skill; dexterity; adroitness; contrivance; profession; business; trade; calling; cunning; artifice; duplicity. See Science.

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Art

'ART, The second person, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive veb am.

'ART, noun [Latin ars, artis.]

1. The disposition or modification of things by human skill, to answer the purpose intended. In this sense art stands opposed to nature.

2. 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 art 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.

3. 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.

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