The second person singular, indicative mode, present tense, of
the substantive verb Be; but formed after the analogy of the plural
are, with the ending -t, as in thou shalt, wilt, orig. an ending of the
second person sing. pret. Cf. Be. Now used only in solemn or poetical
n. The employment of means to accomplish some desired end; the
adaptation of things in the natural world to the uses of life; the
application of knowledge or power to practical purposes.
n. A system of rules serving to facilitate the performance of
certain actions; a system of principles and rules for attaining a
desired end; method of doing well some special work; -- often
contradistinguished from science or speculative principles; as, the art
of building or engraving; the art of war; the art of navigation.
n. The systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting
a desired result. Also, an occupation or business requiring such
knowledge or skill.
n. The application of skill to the production of the beautiful by
imitation or design, or an occupation in which skill is so employed, as
in painting and sculpture; one of the fine arts; as, he prefers art to