Artificer Ar*tif"i*cer, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

2. One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer. ``Artificer of fraud.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The great Artificer of all that moves. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. A cunning or artful fellow. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Artisan; artist. See {Artisan}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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