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Artifact vs. Relic

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  • 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."

  • Relic (noun)

    That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.

  • Relic (noun)

    Something old and outdated, possibly kept for sentimental reasons.

  • Relic (noun)

    A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.

  • Relic (verb)

    To cause (an object) to appear old or worn, to distress.

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Oxford 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.

  • Relic (noun)

    That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.

  • Relic (noun)

    The body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; - usually in the plural when referring to the whole body.

  • Relic (noun)

    Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships.

Webster Dictionary
  • Artifact (noun)

    a man-made object taken as a whole

  • Relic (noun)

    an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

  • Relic (noun)

    something of sentimental value

Princeton's WordNet

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