Artificial

Definition of Artificial

Ar`ti`fi´cial
a.1.Made or contrived by art; produced or modified by human skill and labor, in opposition to natural; as, artificial heat or light, gems, salts, minerals, fountains, flowers.
Artificial strife
Lives in these touches, livelier than life.
- Shak.
2.Feigned; fictitious; assumed; affected; not genuine.
3.Artful; cunning; crafty.
4.Cultivated; not indigenous; not of spontaneous growth; as, artificial grasses.
Artificial arguments
(Rhet.) arguments invented by the speaker, in distinction from laws, authorities, and the like, which are called inartificial arguments or proofs.
Artificial classification
(Science) an arrangement based on superficial characters, and not expressing the true natural relations species; as, "the artificial system" in botany, which is the same as the Linnæan system.
- Johnson.
Artificial horizon
See under Horizon
Artificial light
any light other than that which proceeds from the heavenly bodies.
Artificial lines
lines on a sector or scale, so contrived as to represent the logarithmic sines and tangents, which, by the help of the line of numbers, solve, with tolerable exactness, questions in trigonometry, navigation, etc.
Artificial numbers
logarithms.
Artificial person
(Law) See under Person.
Artificial sines
the same as logarithms of the natural sines, tangents, etc.
- Hutton.

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