Artifact vs. Antique - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Antique

    A true antique (Latin: antiquus; "old", "ancient") is an item perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance, and often defined as at least 100 years old (or some other limit), although the term is often used loosely to describe any object that is old. An antique is usually an item that is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human history. Vintage and collectible are used to describe items that are old, but do not meet the 100-year criteria.Antiques are usually objects that show some degree of craftsmanship, collectability, or a certain attention to design, such as a desk or an early automobile. They are bought at antique shops, estate sales, auction houses, online auctions, and other venues, or estate inherited. Antique dealers often belong to national trade associations, many of which belong to CINOA, a confederation of art and antique associations across 21 countries that represents 5,000 dealers.

Wiktionary

  • Artifact (noun)

    An object made or shaped by human hand.

  • Artifact (noun)

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

    "The dig produced many Roman artifacts."

  • Artifact (noun)

    Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element.

  • Artifact (noun)

    A structure or finding in an experiment or investigation that is not a true feature of the object under observation, but is a result of external action, the test arrangement, or an experimental error.

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

  • Artifact (noun)

    A structure or appearance in protoplasm due to death, method of preparation of specimens, or the use of reagents, and not present during life.

  • Artifact (noun)

    An object made or shaped by some agent or intelligence, not necessarily of direct human origin.

  • Artifact (noun)

    A perceptible distortion that appears in a digital image, audio or video file as a result of applying a lossy compression algorithm.

    "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."

  • Antique (adjective)

    Having existed in ancient times, descended from antiquity; used especially in reference to Greece and Rome.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Belonging to former times, not modern, out of date, old-fashioned.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Designating a style of type.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Embossed without gilt.

  • Antique (adjective)

    , specifically:

  • Antique (noun)

    In general, anything very old; specifically:

  • Antique (noun)

    An old object perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance.

  • Antique (noun)

    An object of ancient times.

  • Antique (noun)

    The style or manner of ancient times, used especially of Greek and Roman art.

  • Antique (noun)

    An old person.

  • Antique (noun)

    A style of type of thick and bold face in which all lines are of equal or nearly equal thickness.

  • Antique (noun)

    , specifically:

  • Antique (noun)

    A man of ancient times.

  • Antique (noun)

    Grotesque entertainment; an antic.pageurl=https://books.google.com/books?id=ZhIVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA181. See note for line 119.

  • Antique (verb)

    To search or shop for id=Q472760.

  • Antique (verb)

    To make an object appear to be an antique in some way.

  • Antique (verb)

    To emboss without gilding.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Antique (noun)

    a collectable object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its age and quality

    "an antique dealer"

    "Pauline loves collecting antiques"

  • Antique (adjective)

    having a high value because of age and quality

    "an antique clock"

  • Antique (adjective)

    intended to resemble the appearance of high-quality old furniture

    "bookshelves with an antique finish"

  • Antique (adjective)

    belonging to ancient times

    "statues of antique gods"

  • Antique (adjective)

    old-fashioned or outdated

    "antique work practices"

  • Antique (adjective)

    showing signs of great age or wear

    "the kitchen had an antique cooker"

  • Antique (verb)

    make (something) resemble an antique by artificial means

    "an antiqued door"

    "sanding will change the lustre of the sanded spot, especially if the finish has been antiqued"

  • Antique (verb)

    search or shop for antiques

    "they went antiquing almost every weekend"

    "I antiqued all day with my mother"

Webster Dictionary

  • Artifact (noun)

    A product of human workmanship; - applied esp. to the simpler products of aboriginal art as distinguished from natural objects.

  • Artifact (noun)

    Any product of human workmanship; - applied both to objects made for practical purposes as well as works of art. It is contrasted to natural object, i.e. anything produced by natural forces without the intervention of man.

  • Artifact (noun)

    A structure or appearance in protoplasm due to death, method of preparation of specimens, or the use of reagents, and not present during life.

  • Artifact (noun)

    an object, oservation, phenomenon, or result arising from hidden or unexpected causes extraneous to the subject of a study, and therefore spurious and having potential to lead one to an erroneous conclusion, or to invalidate the study. In experimental science, artifacts may arise due to inadvertant contamination of equipment, faulty experimental design or faulty analysis, or unexpected effects of agencies not known to affect the system under study.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Old; ancient; of genuine antiquity; as, an antique statue. In this sense it usually refers to the flourishing ages of Greece and Rome.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Old, as respects the present age, or a modern period of time; of old fashion; antiquated; as, an antique robe.

  • Antique (adjective)

    Made in imitation of antiquity; as, the antique style of Thomson's "Castle of Indolence."

  • Antique (adjective)

    Odd; fantastic.

  • Antique (noun)

    In general, anything very old; but in a more limited sense, a relic or object of ancient art; collectively, the antique, the remains of ancient art, as busts, statues, paintings, and vases.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Artifact (noun)

    a man-made object taken as a whole

  • Antique (noun)

    an elderly man

  • Antique (noun)

    any piece of furniture or decorative object or the like produced in a former period and valuable because of its beauty or rarity

  • Antique (verb)

    shop for antiques;

    "We went antiquing on Saturday"

  • Antique (verb)

    give an antique appearance to;

    "antique furniture"

  • Antique (adjective)

    made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age;

    "the beautiful antique French furniture"

  • Antique (adjective)

    out of fashion;

    "a suit of rather antique appearance"

    "demode (or outmoded) attire"

    "outmoded ideas"

  • Antique (adjective)

    belonging to or lasting from times long ago;

    "age-old customs"

    "the antique fear that days would dwindle away to complete darkness"

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