made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to ):
imitation; simulated; sham:
artificial vanilla flavoring.
lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced; contrived; feigned:
an artificial smile.
full of affectation; affected; stilted:
artificial manners; artificial speech.
made without regard to the particular needs of a situation, person, etc.; imposed arbitrarily; unnatural:
artificial rules for dormitory residents.
Biology. based on arbitrary, superficial characteristics rather than natural, organic relationships:
an artificial system of classification.
Jewelry. manufactured to resemble a natural gem, in chemical composition or appearance.
Compare , (def 11), (def 6).
In the end, the line between magic and religion may be something of an artificial one.
Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror Candida Moss, Joel Baden January 3, 2015
In response, the CIA commissioned the “Glass Ceiling Study” to see if artificial barriers against advancement existed.
The Women of the CIA Valerie Wilson January 23, 2010
Apartment dwellers might opt for an artificial tree instead of the real thing.
Yes, Megyn Kelly, Santa Can Be Black (and Jesus, Too) Jamelle Bouie December 11, 2013
The Irish Times reports that, “He had plans to install an artificial lake with swans at the back but it never came to fruition.”
Who Kidnapped Irish Millionaire Kevin McGeever? Tom Sykes February 4, 2013
To maintain the exclusion from combat roles creates an artificial boundary that women cannot cross.
‘Slut, Bitch, Dyke’—Joan of Arc and the Modern Military Woman Mariette Kalinowski August 20, 2013
In the other form the tonic chord was artificial, that is to say, minor.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1 Various
As yet the use of machinery and artificial manure is almost unknown.
The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
Nor does he give any reason, as that the moon was shining, or that some artificial light was present to dispel the darkness.
The Old Yellow Book Anonymous
I lead so artificial a life; but then I hope it is a useful one.
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The dyer mixes his dyes for the coloring of tons of valuable silk and the artist paints under this artificial light.
Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
produced by man; not occurring naturally: artificial materials of great strength
made in imitation of a natural product, esp as a substitute; not genuine: artificial cream
pretended; assumed; insincere: an artificial manner
lacking in spontaneity; affected: an artificial laugh
(biology) relating to superficial characteristics not based on the interrelationships of organisms: an artificial classification
late 14c., in the phrase artificial day “part of the day from sunrise to sunset,” from Old French artificial, from Latin artificialis “of or belonging to art,” from artificium (see artifice). Meaning “made by man” (opposite of natural) is from early 15c. Applied to things that are not natural, whether real (artificial light) or not (artificial flowers). Artificial insemination dates from 1897. Artificial intelligence “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines” was coined in 1956.
José Gervasio [haw-se her-vah-syaw] /hɔˈsɛ hɛrˈvɑ syɔ/ (Show IPA), 1764–1850, Uruguayan soldier and patriot. Historical Examples But on the frontier of Buenos Aires this army joined the popular movement, and fraternised with the barbaric hordes of Artigas. Ponce de Leon William Pilling Whether any offering of any kind would have tempted Artigas is doubtful. Uruguay […]
mounted projectile-firing guns or missile launchers, mobile or stationary, light or heavy, as distinguished from small arms. the troops or the branch of an army concerned with the use and service of such weapons. the science that treats of the use of such weapons. Contemporary Examples His barracks at Fort Carson sat near the artillery […]
a soldier serving in an unit of the army. Contemporary Examples Drafted as a private, he applied for officer training, and then, as an artilleryman, rapidly climbed the ranks. The Noble General John Barry July 23, 2011 Historical Examples You have got to learn to be a soldier—an artilleryman, not a molly. Gil the Gunner […]
a soldier serving in an unit of the army. Historical Examples In the Rue Crozatier an artillerist of the army, gone over to the people on the 18th March, was surrounded. History of the Commune of 1871 P. Lissagary He threw out his anchor, which ricochetted, as an artillerist would say. Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson […]