1. a man-made object taken as a whole

Similar word(s): artefact

Definition categories: general, unit, whole

2. An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.

Sentences with artifact as a noun:

- The dig produced many Roman artifacts.

- The spot on his lung turned out to be an artifact of the X-ray process.

- This JPEG image has been so highly compressed that it has too many unsightly compression artifacts, making it unsuitable for the cover of our magazine.