1. Strength; might; secret power. [Obs.]
2. Art or skill; dexterity in particular manual employment; hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; a trade.
Ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. --Acts xix. 25.
A poem is the work of the poet; poesy is his skill or craft of making. --B. Jonson.
Since the birth of time, throughout all ages and nations,
Has the craft of the smith been held in repute. --Longfellow.
3. Those engaged in any trade, taken collectively; a guild; as, the craft of ironmongers.
The control of trade passed from the merchant guilds to the new craft guilds. --J. R. Green.
4. Cunning, art, or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit or shrewd devices.
You have that crooked wisdom which is called craft. --Hobbes.
The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. --Mark xiv. 1.
5. Naut. A vessel; vessels of any kind; -- generally used in a collective sense.
The evolutions of the numerous tiny craft moving over the lake. --Prof. Wilson.
Small crafts, small vessels, as sloops, schooners, ets.
Craft, v. t. To play tricks; to practice artifice. [Obs.]
You have crafted fair. --Shak.
n 1: the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned
his trade as an apprentice" [syn: trade]
2: a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or
through outer space
3: people who perform a particular kind of skilled work; "he
represented the craft of brewers"; "as they say in the
trade" [syn: trade]
4: skill in an occupation or trade [syn: craftsmanship, workmanship]
5: shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
[syn: craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness,
v : make by hand and with much skill; "The artisan crafted a