What is the difference between artifact and art?

What is the difference between artifact and art?
Artifact is a derived term of art. As nouns the difference between artifact and art is that artifact is an object made or shaped by human hand while art is (uncountable) the conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. As a verb art is (archaic) second-person singular simple present tense indicative of be.



Alternative forms

* artefact


(en noun )

  • An object made or shaped by human hand.
  • (archaeology) An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
  • The dig produced many Roman artifacts .
  • 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).
  • A structure or finding in an experiment or investigation that is not a true feature of the object under observation, but is a result of external action, the test arrangement, or an experimental error.
  • The spot on his lung turned out to be an artifact of the X-ray process.
  • An object made or shaped by some agent or intelligence, not necessarily of direct human origin.
  • (computing) A perceptible distortion that appears in a digital image, audio or video file as a result of applying a lossy compression algorithm.
  • This JPEG image has been so highly compressed that it has too many unsightly compression artifacts , making it unsuitable for the cover of our magazine.


    * “artefact” is the preferred spelling in Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary”, with ”artifact listed as a variant.
    * “artifact” is preferred by the Oxford English Dictionary and most American dictionaries.



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) (from (etyl) (m)).



  • (uncountable) The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the senses and emotions, usually specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
  • (countable) Skillful creative activity, usually with an aesthetic focus.
  • (uncountable) The study and the product of these processes.
  • (uncountable) Aesthetic value.
  • (uncountable) Artwork.
  • (countable) A field or category of art, such as painting, sculpture, music, ballet, or literature.
  • (countable) A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems
    , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art . Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}

  • (countable) Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation.
  • * 1796 , , (The Monk) , Folio Society 1985, page 217:
  • A physician was immediately sent for; but on the first moment of beholding the corpse, he declared that Elvira’s recovery was beyond the power of art .
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4
    , passage=The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.}}


    * (Human effort) craft


    * (Human effort) mundacity, nature, subsistence


    * 2005‘, “I tell her what Donald Hall says: that the problem with workshops is that they trivialize ”’art by minimizing the terror.” -July ”Harper’s , Lynn Freed
    * 2009 , “Visual art is a subjective understanding or perception of the viewer as well as a deliberate/conscious arrangement or creation of elements like colours, forms, movements, sounds, objects or other elements that produce a graphic or plastic whole that expresses thoughts, ideas or visions of the artist.” – Extended Essay on Visual Art, Alexander Brouwer

    Derived terms

    * abstract art
    * art class
    * art collection
    * art dealer
    * Art Deco
    * artefact, artifact
    * art exhibition
    * art film
    * art for art’s sake
    * art form
    * artful
    * art gallery
    * art historian
    * art history
    * art house
    * artifice
    * artificial
    * art imitates life
    * artisan
    * artist
    * artiste
    * artistic
    * art journal
    * artless
    * art movie
    * art music
    * art nouveau
    * art object
    * art paper
    * art rock
    * art rooom
    * art school
    * arts degree
    * arts and crafts
    * art student
    * artsy
    * artsy-craftsy
    * art therapy
    * art union
    * artwork
    * artworker
    * arty
    * ASCII art
    * arty-farty
    * Bachelor of Arts
    * black art, black arts
    * body art
    * cave art
    * clip art
    * concept art
    * down to a fine art
    * fine arts
    * folk art
    * graphic art
    * high art
    * installation art
    * junk art
    * kinetic art
    * liberal arts
    * life imitates art
    * line art
    * martial art
    * Master of Arts
    * minimal art
    * modern art
    * objet d’art
    * op art
    * optical art
    * outsider art
    * performance art
    * person of ordinary skill in the art
    * pixel art
    * plastic art
    * pop art
    * primitive art
    * prior art
    * process art
    * sand art
    * sequential art
    * seventh art
    * state-of-the-art
    * street art
    * term of art
    * traditional art
    * vernacular art
    * visual art
    * work of art
    * (art)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .



  • (be)
  • How great thou art !

    See also

    * am
    * are
    * be
    * being
    * been
    * beest
    * was
    * wast
    * were
    * wert