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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Craft \Craft\ (kr[.a]ft), n. [AS. cr[ae]ft strength, skill, art,
cunning; akin to OS., G., Sw., & Dan. kraft strength, D.
kracht, Icel. kraptr; perh. originally, a drawing together,
stretching, from the root of E. cramp.]
1. Strength; might; secret power. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
2. Art or skill; dexterity in particular manual employment;
hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; a
Ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
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
Has the craft of the smith been held in repute.
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.
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.
Small crafts, small vessels, as sloops, schooners, ets.
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