[kraft, krahft]
noun, plural crafts or for 5, 8, craft.
an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill: the craft of a mason.
skill; dexterity: The silversmith worked with great craft.
skill or ability used for bad purposes; cunning; deceit; guile.
the members of a trade or profession collectively; a guild.
a ship or other vessel.
a number of ships or other vessels taken as a whole: The craft were warned of possible heavy squalls.
aircraft collectively.
a single aircraft.
verb (used with object)
to make or manufacture (an object, objects, product, etc.) with skill and careful attention to detail.

before 900; Middle English; Old English cræft strength, skill; cognate with German Kraft, Dutch kracht, Old Norse kraptr

craftless, adjective

1. metier. 2. talent, ability. 3. craftiness, shrewdness, deceitfulness, deception. See cunning. Unabridged
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craft (krɑːft)
1.  skill or ability, esp in handiwork
2.  skill in deception and trickery; guile; cunning
3.  an occupation or trade requiring special skill, esp manual dexterity
4.  a.  the members of such a trade, regarded collectively
 b.  (as modifier): a craft guild
5.  a single vessel, aircraft, or spacecraft
6.  (functioning as plural) ships, boats, aircraft, or spacecraft collectively
7.  (tr) to make or fashion with skill, esp by hand
[Old English cræft skill, strength; related to Old Norse kraptr power, skill, Old High German kraft]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cræft "power, strength, might," from P.Gmc. *krab-/*kraf-. Sense shifted to "skill, art" (via a notion of "mental power"), which led to the n. meaning of "trade." Use for "small boat" is first recorded 1671, probably from some nautical sense of "vessels of small craft," referring either to
the trade they did or the seamanship they required.
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Example sentences
Students enrolled to learn the intellectual discipline and craft of the law,
  and that's exactly what they got.
Local outfitters can supply water craft from canoes to tanks.
The craft inside the cloud measured how water vapor and other cloud components
  were affected.
Ginger had to make a shaky craft of her paycheck to bear me across the sea.
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