In a message dated 8/21/01 3:39:14 PM Central Daylight Time,
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art (ärt) n.
(1) Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of
(2a) The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, 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.
(2b) The study of these activities.
(2c) The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a
(3) High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty;
(4) A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
(5) A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
(6a) A system of principles and methods employed in the performance of a set
of activities: the art of building.
(6b) A trade or craft that applies such a system of principles and methods:
the art of the lexicographer.
(7a) Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of
the baker; the blacksmith's art.
(7b) Skill arising from the exercise of intuitive faculties: “Self-criticism
is an art not many are qualified to practice” (Joyce Carol Oates).
(8a) arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
(8b) Artful contrivance; cunning.
(9) Printing. Illustrative material.
Gosh, Dr. Johnson, I guess the debatin's over now.