1. Skill in doing or making something, as in the arts; proficiency. See Synonyms at skill.
2. Skill in evasion or deception; guile.
a. An occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or skilled artistry.
b. The practitioners of such an occupation or trade considered as a group.
4. pl. craft A boat, ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
5. crafts Items made by craftspeople.
tr.v. craft·ed, craft·ing, crafts
To make or construct (something) with care or ingenuity.
[Middle English, from Old English cræft.]
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