American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A skilled worker; a craftsperson.
- n. One that contrives, devises, or constructs something: "The labyrinth . . . was built by Daedalus, a most skillful artificer” ( Thomas Bulfinch).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A maker; a constructor; a skilful or artistic worker; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
- n. One who contrives or devises; an inventor; especially, an inventor of crafty or fraudulent artifices: as, “artificer of fraud,” Milton, P. L., iv. 121; “artificer of lies,” Dryden; “let you alone, cunning artificer,”
- n. Milit., a soldier-mechanic attached to the artillery and engineer service, whose duty it is to construct and repair military materials.
- n. One who uses artifice; an artful or wily person.
- n. Someone who is skilled in their trade; an artisan.
- n. An inventor.
- n. A member of the military who specializes in manufacturing and repairing weapon systems.
- n. A trickster.
- n. A savant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An artistic worker; a mechanic or manufacturer; one whose occupation requires skill or knowledge of a particular kind, as a silversmith.
- n. One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer.
- n. obsolete A cunning or artful fellow.
- n. (Mil.) A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory.
- n. an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.
- n. someone who is the first to think of or make something
- n. a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
- From French artificier, from Latin artificiarius. (Wiktionary)
“What kind of maudlin artificer do they think God is?”
“When we found it was public, we were more concerned to prevent their suspecting that we had any design to conceal it, and openly telling our thoughts of it, we called our artificer, who agreed presently that it was gold; so I proposed that we should all go with the prince to the place where he found it, and if any quantity was to be had, we would lie here some time and see what we could make of it.”
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“For every one of the four horns there was a cleaving "artificer" to beat it down.”
“Khur-om, Phoenician artificer, meaning of the name of, 81-u.”
“It is the image of the watchmaker, the metaphor being that the watch is so complicated that it is difficult for us to imagine its existence without an "artificer" or "designer.”
“Chronicles 2: 3,11,12; 8: 2,18; 9: 10,21) + The same Change occurs in Chronicles in the name of Hiram the artificer, which is given as  Hiram, Or Huram in (2”
“Twenty years later, with the Protestant Elizabeth firmly on the throne, English Catholic exiles working from Douai and Rheims in France began producing a new Catholic English Bible, on the principle that if English translations were now unstoppable and "in the hands of every husbandman, artificer, prentice, boys, girls, mistress, maid" then they should at least get it right.”
“Mercedes Lackey's artificer, Natoli, in the Valdemar series.”
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