Definition of "artifact" [ar•ti•fact]

  • (noun) An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.
  • (noun) Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element: "The very act of looking at a naked model was an artifact of male supremacy” ( Philip Weiss).
  • (noun) A structure or feature not normally present but visible as a result of an external agent or action, such as one seen in a microscopic specimen after fixation, or in an image produced by radiology or electrocardiography.
  • (noun) An inaccurate observation, effect, or result, especially one resulting from the technology used in scientific investigation or from experimental error: The apparent pattern in the data was an artifact of the collection method.

Use "artifact" in a sentence

  • "This fifth game has Layton and Luke investigating the mystery of the title artifact in Casino City, which seems to have been created by the wish-granting mask."
  • "You conclude (somehow) that this artifact is a "design", by which you mean it displays "purpose"."
  • "Do you understand that the doctrine holding that intelligent agency must be identified in advance of a linkage of it to an "artifact" is an ruling and not a logical necessity?"

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