What does artifact mean?

Definitions for artifact
ˈɑr təˌfæktar·ti·fact

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. artifact, artefactnoun

    a man-made object taken as a whole


  1. Artifactnoun

    Any product of human workmanship; -- applied both to objects made for practical purposes as well as works of art. It is contrasted to natural object, i.e. anything produced by natural forces without the intervention of man.

  2. Artifactnoun

    (Technology) an object, oservation, phenomenon, or result arising from hidden or unexpected causes extraneous to the subject of a study, and therefore spurious and having potential to lead one to an erroneous conclusion, or to invalidate the study. In experimental science, artifacts may arise due to inadvertant contamination of equipment, faulty experimental design or faulty analysis, or unexpected effects of agencies not known to affect the system under study.


  1. artifactnoun

    An object made or shaped by human hand.

  2. artifactnoun

    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.

  3. artifactnoun

    Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element.

  4. artifactnoun

    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.

  5. artifactnoun

    An object made or shaped by some agent or intelligence, not necessarily of direct human origin.

  6. Etymology: Alteration of artefact, from artefatto, from arte, (ablative of ars) + factum, from facio


  1. artifact

    An artifact is an object or a physical entity that is created or modified by humans, typically with cultural, historical, or archaeological significance. Artifacts can range from tools, utensils, and weapons to artworks, coins, and documents. They are important sources of information and evidence about human activities, practices, beliefs, and civilization throughout history.


  1. Artifact

    An artifact or artefact is "something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest". "Artifact" is the usual spelling in the US and Canada, "Artefact" in British, Irish and Australian English. In archaeology, where the used, an artifact is an object recovered by some archaeological endeavor, which may have a cultural interest. Examples include stone tools such as pottery vessels, metal objects such as guns, and items of personal adornment such as buttons, jewellery and clothing. Other examples include bone that show signs of human modification, fire cracked rocks from a hearth or plant material used for food.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of artifact in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of artifact in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of artifact in a Sentence

  1. Bruno Deslandes:

    When an artifact has been taken, we can document the footprint left, we document this very precisely... so we can recover it... When we have an artifact in Europe or somewhere matching this specification we can... yes!

  2. Annalee Tai:

    The museum not only houses artifacts, but is itself an artifact. Its location is authentic because it is the final resting place for thousands of victims.

  3. Simcha Jacobovici:

    The fact is that this tomb has more evidence going for it now than probably any other archaeological artifact on the planet. The names are not common and some of the versions of the names are unique e.g., 'Yose' (which corresponds to one of the brothers of Jesus).

  4. Amy Ross:

    This isn't a design flaw or an issue of mishandling, no consideration was given to preserving the suit as an artifact for 50 years after the flight.

  5. Nathan Raab:

    It represents a great moment in American history that led to the ascension of an American president. It is a truly unique artifact.

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