Ar*tif"i*cer (#), n. [Cf. F. artificier, fr. LL. artificiarius.]


An artistic worker; a mechanic or manufacturer; one whose occupation requires skill or knowledge of a particular kind, as a silversmith.


One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer.

"Artificer of fraud."


The great Artificer of all that moves. Cowper.


A cunning or artful fellow.


B. Jonson.

4. Mil.

A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory.

Syn. -- Artisan; artist. See Artisan.


© Webster 1913.