1821, artefact, "anything made by human art," from Italian artefatto, from Latin arte "by skill" (ablative of ars "art;" see art (n.)) + factum "thing made," from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The spelling with -i- is by 1884, by influence of the Latin stem. Archaeological application dates from 1890.
1. I have now just confiscated a rather curious artifact for Mr. Potter.
2. A user interface is an artifact, not directly associated with the goals of a user.
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3. Now I have an artifact from every Florida shipwreck of the 1960's.
4. He's a vaIuable scientific artifact that must be carefully preserved.
5. Agreed. With Tieru's artifact and Sar - Elam's wisdom, we can heal her.