artificer

2 definitions found

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

Artificer \Ar*tif"i*cer\, noun [Cf. F. artificier, fr. LL. artificiarius.]

1. An artistic worker; a mechanic or manufacturer; one whose occupation requires skill or knowledge of a particular kind, as a silversmith.

2. One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer. "Artificer of fraud." --Milton.

The great Artificer of all that moves. --Cowper.

3. A cunning or artful fellow. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

4. (Mil.) A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory.

Syn: Artisan; artist. See {Artisan}.

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

artificer

noun

1: someone who is the first to think of or make something [syn: {inventor}, {discoverer}, {artificer}]

2: a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft [syn: {craftsman}, {artisan}, {journeyman}, {artificer}]

3: an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc. [syn: {armorer}, {armourer}, {artificer}]

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