craft

If someone practices a craft, it means that she knows how to make something with her hands, like wooden furniture or hand-knit socks.

There are many different meanings of the word craft, but most of them involve skill, whether it's the craft of cheese making or crafting tiny dollhouse furniture or being crafty — good at fooling people. Another meaning of the noun craft is "vehicle," especially a boat or an airplane. The Old English root word, cræft, originally meant "power or physical strength."

Primary Meanings of craft

1.
nv
the skilled practice of a practical occupation
make by hand and with much skill
2.
n
a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
3.
n
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
Full Definitions of craft
1

n the skilled practice of a practical occupation

Synonyms:
trade
Types:
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airplane mechanics
the craft of building and repairing airplanes
auto mechanics
the craft of building and repairing automobiles
basketry
the craft of basket making
carpentry, woodwork, woodworking
the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
drafting, mechanical drawing
the craft of drawing blueprints
dressmaking
the craft of making dresses
electrical work
the craft of an electrician
interior decoration, interior design
the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior
lumbering
the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber
masonry
the craft of a mason
oculism
the craft of an oculist
house painting, painting
the occupation of a house painter
papermaking
the craft of making paper
pilotage, piloting
the occupation of a pilot
plumbery, plumbing
the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)
pottery
the craft of making earthenware
pyrotechnics, pyrotechny
the craft of making fireworks
cobbling, shoe repairing, shoemaking
the shoemaker's trade
roofing
the craft of a roofer
sheet-metal work
the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems)
shingling
the laying on of shingles
tailoring
the occupation of a tailor
tool-and-die work
the craft of making special tools and dies
handicraft
a craft that requires skillful hands
mintage
act or process of minting coins
tanning
making leather from rawhide
typography
the craft of composing type and printing from it
undertaking
the trade of a funeral director
upholstery
the craft of upholstering
wine making, winemaking
the craft and science of growing grapes and making wine
bookbinding
the craft of binding books
bricklaying
the craft of laying bricks
cabinetry, cabinetwork
the craft of making furniture (especially furniture of high quality)
furnishing
the act of decorating a house or room
lighting
the craft of providing artificial light
cabinetmaking, joinery
the craft of a joiner
couture
high fashion designing and dressmaking
sewing, stitching
joining or attaching by stitches
spinning
creating thread
weaving
creating fabric
knitting
creating knitted wear
crocheting
creating a garment of needlework
lace making, tatting
the act or art of making handmade lace
needlecraft, needlework
work (such as sewing or embroidery) that is done with a needle
slating
the act of laying slates for a roof
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

n skill in an occupation or trade

Synonyms:
craftsmanship, workmanship
Types:
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housecraft
skill in domestic management
priestcraft
the skills involved in the work of a priest
stagecraft
skill in writing or staging plays
tradecraft
skill acquired through experience in a trade; often used to discuss skill in espionage
watercraft
skill in the management of boats
woodcraft
skill in carving or fashioning objects from wood
coup de theatre
a sensational bit of stagecraft
Type of:
accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
an ability that has been acquired by training

n people who perform a particular kind of skilled work

“he represented the craft of brewers”
Synonyms:
trade
Type of:
class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
people having the same social, economic, or educational status

v make by hand and with much skill

“The artisan crafted a complicated tool”
Types:
handcraft
make something by hand
filigree
make filigree, as with a precious metal
Type of:
fashion, forge
make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
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n a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space

Examples:
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H.M.S. Bounty
a ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat
Mayflower
the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1620
Merrimac
an ironclad vessel built by the Confederate forces in the hope of breaking the blockade imposed by the North
Monitor
an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
Graf Zeppelin
a large rigid dirigible designed to carry passengers or bombs
B-52
United States military aircraft; B- stands for bomber
USS Cole
a United States destroyer
Old Ironsides
a United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston
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aircraft
a vehicle that can fly
ground-effect machine, hovercraft
a craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines
landing craft
naval craft designed for putting ashore troops and equipment
ballistic capsule, space vehicle, spacecraft
a craft capable of traveling in outer space; technically, a satellite around the sun
vessel, watercraft
a craft designed for water transportation
bareboat
a vessel (such as a yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions
boat
a small vessel for travel on water
bogey, bogie, bogy
an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft
cruise missile
an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
fishing boat, fishing smack, fishing vessel
a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
galley
(classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars
galley
a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading
heavier-than-air craft
a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
ice yacht, iceboat, scooter
a sailing vessel with runners and a cross-shaped frame; suitable for traveling over ice
lander
a space vehicle that is designed to land on the moon or another planet
lighter-than-air craft
aircraft supported by its own buoyancy
LEM, lunar excursion module, lunar module
a spacecraft that carries astronauts from the command module to the surface of the moon and back
patrol boat, patrol ship
a vessel assigned to patrol an area
sailing ship, sailing vessel
a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
ship
a vessel that carries passengers or freight
shrimper
a vessel engaged in shrimping
capsule, space capsule
a spacecraft designed to transport people and support human life in outer space
space shuttle
a reusable spacecraft with wings for a controlled descent through the Earth's atmosphere
spaceship, starship
a spacecraft designed to carry a crew into interstellar space (especially in science fiction)
stealth aircraft
an aircraft designed in accordance with technology that makes detection by radar difficult
weather ship
an oceangoing vessel equipped to make meteorological observations
racing yacht, yacht
an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
Type of:
vehicle
a conveyance that transports people or objects
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n shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

Synonyms:
craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness
Type of:
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness
intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

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