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[ahr-tuh-fakt] /ˈɑr təˌfækt/
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Examples from the web for artefacts
  • Your student would have the option of specializing in paper, or artefacts, or paintings.
  • Below you'll see a beautiful set of photographs of the artefacts from the archaeological site.
  • If such notions are cultural artefacts, though, they will vary systematically with some aspect of society.
  • The upshot is another piece of evidence of how, around this period, humans were creating a range of hitherto unknown artefacts.
  • Books are not primarily artefacts, nor necessarily vehicles for ideas.
  • Science has really no need for the social artefacts that you promote, they are a major problem.
  • All artefacts of the morphing procedure are eliminated.
  • Programs are artefacts of created by pre-existent living creatures that have evolved and reproduce.
  • What they certainly are not are artefacts beyond human technology.
British Dictionary definitions for artefacts


something made or given shape by man, such as a tool or a work of art, esp an object of archaeological interest
anything man-made, such as a spurious experimental result
(cytology) a structure seen in tissue after death, fixation, staining, etc, that is not normally present in the living tissue
Word Origin
C19: from Latin phrase arte factum, from ars skill + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for artefacts



older and alternative spelling of artifact (n.). Related: Artefactual; artefactually.

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artefacts in Medicine

artefact ar·te·fact (är'tə-fākt')
Variant of artifact.

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artefacts in Science
artifact also artefact
  1. An object produced or shaped by human craft, especially a tool, weapon, or ornament of archaeological or historical interest.

  2. An artificial product or effect observed in a natural system, especially one introduced by the technology used in scientific investigation or by experimental error.

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