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CRAFT, noun

1. Art; ability; dexterity; skill.

Poesy is the poets skill or craft of making--

2. Cunning, art or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit.

The chief priests and scribes sought how they might take him by craft and put him to death. Mark 14:1.

3. Art; skill; dexterity in a particular manual occupation; hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; trade.

Ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Acts 19:25.

4. All sorts of vessels employed in loading or unloading ships, as lighters, hoys, barges, scows, etc.

Small craft is a term given to small vessels of all hinds, as sloops, schooners, cutters, etc.

CRAFT, verb intransitive To play tricks. [Not in use.]