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ar·te·fact

 (är′tə-făkt′)
n.
Variant of artifact.

artefact

(ˈɑːtɪˌfækt) or

artifact

n
1. something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest
2. anything man-made, such as a spurious experimental result
3. (Biology) cytology a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc, that is not normally present in the living tissue
[C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make]

ar•ti•fact

or ar•te•fact

(ˈɑr təˌfækt)

n.
1. any object made by human beings, esp. with a view to subsequent use.
2. a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, belonging to an earlier time or cultural stage, esp. such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
3. a substance or structure not naturally present in the matter being observed but formed by artificial means, as during preparation of a microscope slide.
4. a spurious observation or result arising from preparatory procedures.
5. any feature that is not naturally present but is a product of an extrinsic agent.
[1815–25; variant of artefact < Latin phrase arte factum (something) made with skill. See art1, fact]
ar`ti•fac•ti′tious (-fækˈtɪʃ əs) adj.
ar`ti•fac′tu•al (-ˈfæk tʃu əl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artefact - a man-made object taken as a wholeartefact - a man-made object taken as a whole  
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
article - one of a class of artifacts; "an article of clothing"
facility - something designed and created to serve a particular function and to afford a particular convenience or service; "catering facilities"; "toilet facilities"; "educational facilities"
Americana - any artifact (such as books or furniture or art) that is distinctive of America
anachronism - an artifact that belongs to another time
antiquity - an artifact surviving from the past
block - a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
button - any artifact that resembles a button
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
cone - any cone-shaped artifact
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
creation - an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
decker - (often used in combinations) something constructed with multiple levels; "they rode in a double-decker bus"
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
electroplate - any artifact that has been plated with a thin coat of metal by electrolysis
excavation - a hole in the ground made by excavating
duplicate, extra - something additional of the same kind; "he always carried extras in case of an emergency"
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
facility, installation - a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry; "the assembly plant is an enormous facility"
fixture - an object firmly fixed in place (especially in a household)
float - something that floats on the surface of water
insert, inset - an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
instrumentation, instrumentality - an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
layer, bed - single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
stinker, lemon - an artifact (especially an automobile) that is defective or unsatisfactory
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
marker - some conspicuous object used to distinguish or mark something; "the buoys were markers for the channel"
mystification - something designed to mystify or bewilder
opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
cushioning, padding - artifact consisting of soft or resilient material used to fill or give shape or protect or add comfort
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
ready-made - a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase; "their apartment was furnished with ready-mades"
restoration - some artifact that has been restored or reconstructed; "the restoration looked exactly like the original"
flat solid, sheet - a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
sphere - any spherically shaped artifact
square - any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles; "a checkerboard has 64 squares"
squeaker - any artifact that makes a squeaking sound when used; "those sneakers are squeakers"; "which hinge is the squeaker?"
strip, slip - artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
surface - the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary; "there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"
thing - an artifact; "how does this thing work?"
track - a pair of parallel rails providing a runway for wheels
way - any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another; "he said he was looking for the way out"
weight - an artifact that is heavy
building material - material used for constructing buildings
paving, paving material, pavement - material used to pave an area

artefact

noun item, thing, article, object, entity, ornament He realised that the 'ancient artefacts' were fakes.
Translations
artéfact

artefact

[ˈɑːtɪfækt] N
1. (= object) → artefacto m
2. (fig) (= product) → producto m; (= accident) → accidente m

artefact

[ˈɑːrtɪfækt] nobjet m fabriqué

artefact

(Brit), artifact
nArtefakt nt; are these human artefacts?sind das Schöpfungen von Menschenhand?

artefact

artifact (Am) [ˈɑːtɪfækt] nmanufatto
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The expat, when questioned by the police, said he had wanted to sells the beetle-shaped pharonic artefact as he was facing financial difficulties.
A close examination of the artefact revealed it was not a genuine one, but an imitation of Pharaonic and Phoenician artefacts dated back to the first and second millennium BC.
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Abstract: A review of selected Holocene artefact assemblages in Australia demonstrates that assemblage composition is often dependent on the size of the sample.
The alternative model, of a late Pleistocene/early Holocene system of backed artefact production becoming much more frequently employed in the mid-Holocene as an adaptive response, must now be developed and evaluated (see Hiscock 1994).
Users of applications built with Artefact will actually be embodied in the Web page, interacting with other users there, in a real time, virtual workgroup environment.
As has been widely recognized (for example, by Schiffer 1983; Hivernal & Hodder 1984; Nash & Petragila 1987; Frankel 1989; Holdaway & Irwin 1993), identification of activity areas from maps of spatial artefact distribution is difficult because materials at archaeological sites are rarely recovered from their original position.
The artefact assemblages consisted primarily of chipped stone items and ceramics.
Corrosion and conservation of cultural heritage metallic artefacts.
A senior official announced that Baghdad and US have enetered into an initial deal, on the return of more than 10,000 artefacts stolen from Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion.
Ramallah: Palestinian Police have seized 900 historical artefacts that smugglers were attempting to take abroad and arrested a Palestinian suspect from occupied East Jerusalem who was leaving with the artefacts.