Craft

(A). A trade (Anglo-Saxon, cræft). A craftsman is a mechanic. A handicraft is manual skill, i.e. mechanical skill. And leechcraft is skill in medicine. (Anglo-Saxon læce-cræft; læce, a doctor.)

Craft

(A). A general term for a vessel employed in loading and unloading ships.

Small craft.
Such vessels as schooners, sloops, cutters, and so on. A ship-builder was at one time the prince of craftsmen, and his vessels were work of craft emphatically.

Craft

Cunning, or skill in a bad sense. Hence Witchcraft, the art or cunning of a witch.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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