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King James Dictionary [1]


1. Art ability dexterity skill.

Poesy is the poets skill or craft of making--

2. Cunning, art or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes artifice guile skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit.

The chief priests and scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.  Mark 14 .

3. Art skill dexterity in a particular manual occupation hence, the occupation or employment itself manual art trade.

Ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  Acts 19 .

4. All sorts of vessels employed in loading or unloading ships, as lighters, hoys, barges, scows, &c.

Small craft is a term given to small vessels of all hinds, as sloops, schooners, cutters, &c.

CRAFT, To play tricks. Not in use.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): (n.) A vessel; vessels of any kind; - generally used in a collective sense.

(2): (v. t.) To play tricks; to practice artifice.

(3): (n.) Strength; might; secret power.

(4): (n.) Cunning, art, or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit or shrewd devices.

(5): (n.) Those engaged in any trade, taken collectively; a guild; as, the craft of ironmongers.

(6): (n.) Art or skill; dexterity in particular manual employment; hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; a trade.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [3]

Craft , in the sense of ‘trade,’ survives in RV [Note: Revised Version.] only in   Revelation 18:22 ‘no craftsman of whatever craft.’ In   Acts 18:3;   Acts 19:25;   Acts 19:27 ‘trade’ or ‘business’ has been substituted for AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ‘craft.’ ‘Craftsman’ and ‘craftsmen,’ however, are retained. See list under Arts and Crafts.