American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mechanical device; a gadget.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device; a contrivance: used slightingly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq. or Dial. A contrivance; a new-fangled device; -- used scornfully.
- n. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
- Originally a Western US English dialectical word. Unknown origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps mock-Latinate blend of contrive and trap1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The script provides an admirable fulcrum for such musings with the title contraption -- run by a former Tibetan monk (Christopher Plummer) who cut a deal with the devil (Tom Waits), and which now reveals the dreams and temptations of those who venture into it.”
“That "contraption" is a very handsome tricycle with a VW engine.”
“I'm talking about the obvious failure of VSE, ESAS, Constellation, Ares I and V and Orion and whatever that lunar lander contraption is called.”
“This crazy contraption is a wearable sensor unit that uploads its data onto pachube, a kind of info-collection network.”
“The sheer genius of the mechanical contraption is what has always drawn my attention.”
“This crazy contraption is slated to be Australia's very first carbon neutral office building!”
“But, seriously, this divine pizza-making contraption is effing coo-el.”
“Created by boffins at Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT), the contraption is described as “an immersive architectural solution for the advanced WoW (World of Warcraft) player that provides and anticipates all life needs”.”
“This fine contraption is called the ultimate hair pulley Well little boys use to use it to pull little girls hair with, they never got in trouble because they were not actually touching the little girl, however it backfired when the little girl got ahold of it and tortured the little boy ...”
“Because the whole contraption is in the laundry room, I'm contemplating adding a quiet computer case fan as an exhaust and tying it into the dryer's exhaust. maxtheape rogsim”
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