Artifact Definition

ärtə-făkt
artifacts
noun
artifacts
Any object made by human work; esp., a simple or primitive tool, weapon, vessel, etc.
Webster's New World
Any nonnatural feature or structure accidentally introduced into something being observed or studied.
Webster's New World

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

Wiktionary
A phenomenon or feature not originally present or expected and caused by an interfering external agent, action, or process, as an unwanted feature in a microscopic specimen after fixation, in a digitally reproduced image, or in a digital audio recording.
American Heritage Medicine
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.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
artefact
Antonyms:
natural object
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Other Word Forms of Artifact

Noun

Singular:
artifact
Plural:
artifacts

Origin of Artifact

  • Latin arte ablative of ars art art1 factum something made (from) (neuter past participle of facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of artefact, from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte (“by skill”), (ablative of ars (“art”)) + factum (“thing made”), from facere

    From Wiktionary

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