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."

Definitions of craft
  1. noun
    the skilled practice of a practical occupation
    synonyms: trade
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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
  2. noun
    skill in an occupation or trade
    synonyms: craftsmanship, workmanship
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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
  3. noun
    people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
    “he represented the craft of brewers”
    synonyms: trade
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    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
  4. verb
    make by hand and with much skill
    “The artisan crafted a complicated tool”
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    handcraft
    make something by hand
    filigree
    make filigree, as with a precious metal
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    fashion, forge
    make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
  5. noun
    a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
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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
  6. noun
    shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
    synonyms: craftiness, cunning, foxiness, guile, slyness, wiliness
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    astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness
    intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
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