artifact

ar•ti•fact or artefact
[[t]ˈɑr təˌfækt[/t]] n.
1) ant ara any object made by human beings, esp. with a view to subsequent use
2) ara a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, belonging to an earlier time or cultural stage, esp. such an object found at an archaeological excavation
3) lab a substance or structure not naturally present in the matter being observed but formed by artificial means, as during preparation of a microscope slide
4) a spurious observation or result arising from preparatory procedures
5) cvb any feature that is not naturally present but is a product of an extrinsic agent
Etymology: 1815–25; var. of artefact < L phrase arte factum (something) made with skill. See art I, fact ar`ti•fac•ti′tious -fækˈtɪʃ əs adj. ar`ti•fac′tu•al -ˈfæk tʃu əl adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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