• WordNet 3.6
    • n art 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"
    • n art the products of human creativity; works of art collectively "an art exhibition","a fine collection of art"
    • n art a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation "the art of conversation","it's quite an art"
    • n art photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication "the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book"
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A work of art A work of art

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The genre of art known as Cubism derived its name from a belittling remark made by Matisse in reference to a Graque painting. Matisse said that the landscape looked as though it were wholly made up of little cubes.
    • Art 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."
    • Art Cunning; artifice; craft. "Madam, I swear I use no art at all.""Animals practice art when opposed to their superiors in strength."
    • Art Learning; study; applied knowledge, science, or letters. "So vast is art , so narrow human wit."
    • Art Skill, dexterity, or the power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study, or observation; knack; as, a man has the art of managing his business to advantage.
    • Art Skillful plan; device. "They employed every art to soothe . . . the discontented warriors."
    • Art The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to literature.
    • Art The black art; magic. "In America, literature and the elegant arts must grow up side by side with the coarser plants of daily necessity."
    • Art 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 ."
    • Art ärt 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 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."
    • Art Those branches of learning which are taught in the academical course of colleges; as, master of arts . "In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts .""Four years spent in the arts as they are called in colleges) is, perhaps, laying too laborious a foundation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest baseball card collection, 200,000 cards, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    • Art The second person singular, indicative mood, present tense, of the verb be (which see).
    • n Art The combination or modification of things to adapt them to a given end; the employment of given means to effect a purpose.
    • n Art Skill; dexterity; an especial facility in performing any operation, intellectual or physical, acquired by experience or study; knack.
    • n Art Artfulness; cunning.
    • n Art A system of rules and traditional methods for facilitating the performance of certain actions; acquaintance with such rules or skill in applying them, as in any manual trade or handicraft, technical profession, or physical accomplishment: as, the art of building or of engraving; the healing art; the art of music or of dancing; the practical or the elegant arts: in this sense opposed to science.
    • n Art An organized body of men practising a given trade, and carrying out an established system of rules and traditions; a guild.
    • n Art A branch of learning regarded as an instrument of thought, or as something the knowledge of which is to be acquired in order to be applied or practised: chiefly in the plural, and in such phrases as master of arts, faculty of arts, etc. Formerly in the universities the seven liberal arts were the Roman trivium, grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the Pythagorean quadrivium, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy. But by art, in the middle ages, was usually meant logic, that being the principal study in the faculty of arts.
    • n Art Esthetics; the science and theory of beauty in perception and expression.
    • n Art Artistic or esthetic quality; the exhibition of the power of perceiving the beautiful and of expressing it in artistic forms: as, a picture skilfully painted, but devoid of art. The actual production or construction of objects beautiful in form, color, or sound; the practical application of esthetic principles, as in the departments of production specifically called the fine arts (which see, below); especially, painting and sculpture.
    • n Art Synonyms Aptitude, readiness, address, tact, adroitness, contrivance.
    • n Art Shrewdness, subtlety, cunning, artifice, deceit, duplicity.
    • n Art Art, Science. The essential diference between an art and a science is in aim. “Science and art may be said to be investigations of truth, but science inquires for the sake of knowledge, art for the sake of production.” (Karslake.) Hence, they differ somewhat in that with which they are concerned. “An art directly and immediately concerns itself with a faculty…. It fastens upon that, and keeps it ever in its view as it teaches how that may be developed, trained, and guided. A science, on the other hand, regards rather the product of faculty, and, keeping its view directly upon that, proceeds to unfold its nature and proper characteristics.”(H. N. Day, Art of Discourse, § 1.) Incidental to this difference is a difference in method, science being analytic and critical, while art is synthetic and constructive. In the matter which makes up the body of the two an art, involves the means of discipline in the use of the knowledge which may have been furnished by a corresponding science. The same branch of knowledge may be regarded as either a science or an art. It may be viewed theoretically, as seeking, coördinating, arranging, and systematizing knowledge, and by observation, comparison, abstraction, and generalization deducing laws; or as, with more or less reference to such preparatory work, framing rules which are the lessons of experience, and are designed to facilitate work or give it superior excellence. The more complete the scientific basis of an art, the more perfect the art. There is a secondary use of the word science by which it stands for an art that thus rests upon a science, as in the following:
    • Art To force; compel; constrain.
    • Art To induce; incite.
    • Art Also written arct.
    • Art A suffix, another form of -ard, as in braggart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Oscar statuette was designed by MGM's art director, Cedric Gibbons, in 1928. The design has remained unchanged, except for getting a higher pedestal in the 1940's.
    • Art ärt 2d pers. sing. of the present tense of the verb To be.
    • n Art ärt practical skill guided by rules: human skill as opposed to nature: skill as applied to subjects of taste, the fine arts—music, painting, sculpture, architecture, and poetry:
    • n Art ärt (pl.) specially used of certain branches of learning to be acquired as necessary for pursuit of higher studies, or for the work of life, as in phrase 'faculty of arts, master of arts:' the rules and methods of doing certain actions: a profession, skilled trade, or craft: contrivance: cunning, artfulness, or address: artifice, special faculty of some kind acquired by practice, skill, dexterity, knack: special faculty of giving expression to æsthetic or artistic quality, as in art-furniture, &c., supposed, by the buyer, in this respect, to justify its price
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes.”
  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.”
  • Theodor W. Adorno
    Theodor W. Adorno
    “Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.”
  • Lindsay Anderson
    Lindsay Anderson
    “Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.”
  • Jean Arp
    Jean Arp
    “Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.”


State of the art - If something is state of the art, it is the most up-to-date model incorporating the latest and best technology.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. art, L. ars, artis, orig., skill in joining or fitting; prob. akin to E. arm, aristocrat, article,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ars, artis. See Arm.


In literature:

Art thou jealous of her since thou art come to dive into her future and her past?
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Whether, indeed, if such an instinct be essential to good sculpture, the art founded on it can possibly be "fine" art.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The first is the appearance of a new medium for art, and the second is the appearance of a new personality for art also.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The difference between work which is art and work which is not art is just this element of the originating impulse and creative act.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
Acting, like other dependent art, can only be good when it has good art to interpret.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
The best art, indeed, comes so near nature as in a measure to unite all.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
America may have an Art, and a great Art.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Yes, and of more than art, or rather of art in more than one relation.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee
There are periods of course in which the arts, or some one particular art, progress.
"Progress and History" by Various
This proves the esteem in which this art was held even at that early period.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy

In poetry:

Even so art thou,
Russian realm, become,--
Thou my native land,
Shield of Christendom!
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
But I like little Olga,
Her art is so warm;
And if I don't see her
She'll do me no harm.
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Said the Yahoo Skeleton
Stop dirty art
Said the Right Wing skeleton
Forget about yr heart
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude...
"Old F. S. Coat" by Robert A Donaldson
Stoop, stoop; for thou dost fear
The nettle's wrathful spear,
So slight
Art thou of might!
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
And cannot hurt it,
But the more artful one
Defiles with nauseous venom
Its silver leaves;
"To My Friend - Ode I" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Artists mingle with art lovers, whether browsers or buyers, and visitors roam the eight-story Arts Exchange where they can see art in exhibit spaces and in process.
Pop art and printed art hold figurative hands in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Start with the elegant designs of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Since art is everywhere, I thought a discussion of the art found in one of the spookiest of locales might prove of interest - graveyard art.
The goal of Art Conspiracy is simple: to bring artists together to create, in 24 hours, art that can then be auctioned to folks who can't/don't generally buy art while they enjoy live music.
This idea may cross the mind more than once during "Art/Fashion," a sometimes wonderful, spiffily turned-out exhibition of art-related fashion and fashion-related art at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo.
Poses with her "Best in Show" miniature art work during the Nov 2 opening of Council for the Arts' 2012 Miniature Art Exhibit.
Katherine Kuh , a writer on art and a former curator at the Art Institute of Chicago who devoted her career to the acceptance of modern art, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan.
The Summer Arts at Dos Lagos Art Show is currently accepting entries to compete in this juried art show.
Members of the "Appalachian Flow Arts" group perform during the Market Square Art Fair, part of the Dogwood Arts Festival, on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Art Basel Miami Beach—the self-proclaimed "most important art show in the United States"—started off not with a bang, but a thrash: Iggy and the Stooges played a free concert called Art Loves Music.
If you watched this week's 60 Minutes story on Miami's Art Basel, one of the biggest, most lucrative art fairs in the country, you probably have a good idea of what Morley Safer thinks of contemporary art.
As part of the Somerville Arts Council's Arts Union Project, the book Nibble : Exploring Food, Art & Culture in Union Square—and Beyond, tells the culinary story of Union Square.
Art Off the Wall, the annual fundraiser for the Lower Alabama Arts Coalition (LAAC) and the Covington Arts Council now in its seventh year, will have new twists this year.
Lynda Jones is an artist, former art teacher and has served on boards for Art Museum of South Texas, Arts and Cultural Commission, K Space Contemporary and Festival of the Arts.

In science:

Numerical Recipes in C – The Art of Scientific Computing.
Uniformly Generating Distribution Functions for Discrete Random Variables
On a RAM, the current state-of-the-art deterministic algorithm for integer sorting uses O(n(log log n)2 ) time and linear space.
When Can You Fold a Map?
Casazza, The art of frame theory, Taiwanese J.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
KNUTH, D. E. 1973. The Art of Computer Programming. Vol. 3, Sorting and Searching. AddisonWesley, Reading, Mass.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
Knuth, The art of computer Programming, Vol. 2, Reading Mass.: Addison Wesley (1969); J. C.
Monte Carlo: Basics