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Art Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    art n
  1. the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; "an art exhibition"; "a fine collection of art" [syn: fine art}]
  2. the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully" [syn: artistic creation, artistic production}]
  3. a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art" [syn: artistry, prowess]
  4. photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication; "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book" [syn: artwork, graphics, nontextual matter}]
Art Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Art \Art\ ([aum]rt). The second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural are, with the ending -t, as in thou shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical style.
Art Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Art \Art\ ([aum]rt), n. [F. art, L. ars, artis, orig., skill in joining or fitting; prob. akin to E. arm, aristocrat, article.]
  1. The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the application of knowledge or power to practical purposes. Blest with each grace of nature and of art. --Pope.
  2. A system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation. Science is systematized knowledge . . . Art is knowledge made efficient by skill. --J. F. Genung.
  3. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such knowledge or skill. The fishermen can't employ their art with so much success in so troubled a sea. --Addison.
  4. The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Art'


Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects the senses, emotions, and/or intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, sculpture, and paintings. The meaning of art is explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science". Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.

Philosopher Richard Wollheim distinguishes three approaches to assessing the aesthetic value of art: the Realist, whereby aesthetic quality is an absolute value independent of any human view; the Objectivist, whereby it is also an absolute value, but is dependent on general human experience; and the Relativist position, whereby it is not an absolute value, but depends on, and varies with, the human experience of different humans. An object may be characterized by the intentions, or lack thereof, of its creator, regardless of its apparent purpose. A cup, which ostensibly can be used as a container, may be considered art if intended solely as an ornament, while a painting may be deemed craft if mass-produced.

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Meaning of the Name 'Art'


  • Meaning: Strong as a bear
  • Origin: Celtic
  • Gender: Male

'Art' in famous quotation sentence


* Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists. - H.L. Mencken

* Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight D Eisenhower

* A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. - Dwight D Eisenhower


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Art Sample Sentences in News


  • ‘Provocateurs’ art exhibit beckons Lollapalooza festgoers
    Not only does Lollapalooza’s first-ever visual art exhibition, “Art Alliance: Provocateurs,” aim “to change the thinking of those who think street art is vandalism,” as its curator, celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey, phrases it. According to Fairey (whose 2008 “Hope” poster for Barack Obama slingshotted his work into the global public eye), thi Read more on this news related to 'Art'
  • Painters make their art come alive in ‘Skin Wars’
    Dutch Bihary, an in-demand art instructor who flies around the world teaching his craft, steps up to his canvas with a palette of paints in his hand. “Ooh, cold!” the... Read more on this news related to 'Art'
  • France, Italy and UK on luxury art-themed travel package
    A new travel itinerary has been created for art lovers, featuring sites that have been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Cézanne, Monet and Renoir. Read more on this news related to 'Art'

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