from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A product of the fine arts, especially a painting or sculpture.
  • n. Something likened to a fine artistic work, as by reason of beauty or craft.

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  • n. A product of the fine arts; a painting, sculpture etc.
  • n. Something of sufficient quality to be compared to such a product

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit)


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  • But indeed this censure proceeds from that old heresy which supposes the proper effect of a work of art to depend on the imagined reality of the matter presented; that is, which substitutes the delusions of insanity for the half-voluntary illusions of a rational and refining pleasure.

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • Every pedestal that held a golden vase of peacock feathers or a priceless work of art was chryselephantine—delicately carved ivory inlaid with gold.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Andy, an eager six-year-old, arrives home proudly unfurling his tatteredmasterpiece, a richly textured, unintentionally abstract work of art whose provocative pigmentation resembles a montage of chunky peanut butter and lumpy marinara sauce.

    A Mind at a Time

  • A straight old man he was who took his way in silence through the meadows, having passed the period of communication with his fellows; his old experienced coat, hanging long and straight and brown as the yellow-pine bark, glittering with so much smothered sunlight, if you stood near enough, no work of art but naturalized at length.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • It could not speak in her voix tres douce et tres bonne, as a true work of art should.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • Of particular relevance to ut pictura poesis, how - ever, is the rhetorical device of ekphrasis and “icon,” since both were used to designate a description of a work of art following the εἰκόνεσ (“icon”) of Philostratus

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Mr. J.W. Cross, who has allowed us to be the first to usher this beautiful work of art to the world.

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • The Sonata Tragica is more of a traditional sonata than its successors, the Eroica, Op. 50, the Norse, Op. 57, and the Keltic, Op. 59, but as a work of art is less successful.

    Edward MacDowell

  • Dressed in shorts, shirts and Akubra hats, they pose under a river red gum admiring a work of art they have assembled in the sand: a giant clitoris composed of river-bed rocks wrapped in pink cotton, an Antipodean riposte to the priapic Cerne Abbas Giant.


  • Yutaka pours more cold sake into my cup, a small work of art in itself with frothy air bubbles suspended like jewels in the depths of the thick glass.

    The Best American Erotica 2006


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