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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Artifact \Ar"ti*fact\, noun [L. ars, artis, art + facere, factum, to make.]

1. (Arch[ae]ol.) A product of human workmanship; -- applied esp. to the simpler products of aboriginal art as distinguished from natural objects.

Syn: artefact. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. Any product of human workmanship; -- applied both to objects made for practical purposes as well as works of art. It is contrasted to {natural object}, i.e. anything produced by natural forces without the intervention of man.

Syn: artefact. [PJC]

3. (Biol.) A structure or appearance in protoplasm due to death, method of preparation of specimens, or the use of reagents, and not present during life.

Syn: artefact. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. (Technology) an object, oservation, phenomenon, or result arising from hidden or unexpected causes extraneous to the subject of a study, and therefore spurious and having potential to lead one to an erroneous conclusion, or to invalidate the study. In experimental science, artifacts may arise due to inadvertant contamination of equipment, faulty experimental design or faulty analysis, or unexpected effects of agencies not known to affect the system under study.

Syn: artefact. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

artifact

noun

1: a man-made object taken as a whole [syn: {artifact}, {artefact}] [ant: {natural object}]


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This is a Thumbnail of the particularly interesting partial SCREENSHOT above. The really fine print is not legible, but if it's slightly oversized, it can be read in the thumbnail. Generally, in the thumbnail, you can't read the fine print. In the fine print I say that I'm using all of these copyrighted and trademarked seals and logos and images without the permission of the intellectual property owners. I am stating that these parties are not endorsing my website and that I am not related to them in any capacity. I state that my ideas and suggestions might affect them or might be related to their industries or areas of interests and that I am addressing these parties and institutions.

I allow commentary on the home page and variants of "Cool." I may not stay with DISQUS but right now it suits me - at least in these places.

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