Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who contrives; a schemer or planner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who contrives, devises, plans, or schemas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inventor; one who plans or devises; a schemer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who makes plans

Etymologies

contrive +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But Linder, with her single and singular name and her unsettled sense of what "Linderland" a later imagined rubric in which to corral her disparate activities might contain, has been many artists: photomonteur indebted to Modernism, musical conduit from 1970s feminism to art-inflected post-punk, collaborator and adviser, too often dismissed as "muse", for others such as Morrissey and Magazine vocalist Howard Devoto, latterly contriver and often star of shamanic and gruelling gallery performances.

    Linder, the artist with the hex factor

  • Besides being a fascinating interpreter of classical philosophical texts, as well as a surprising contriver of strings of verbal associations, Heidegger was an indispensable guide to the present.

    enowning

  • In this place, the ingenuity of the contriver and disposer of the walks had exerted itself to make the most of little space, and by screens, both of stone ornamented with rude sculpture, and hedges of living green, had endeavoured to give as much intricacy and variety as the confined limits of the garden would admit.

    The Abbot

  • January 6th, 2006 at 8: 40 pm click says: contriver: anatomically devise tributes: fertilized Lowell. speedups

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  • Indeed the world, let me escape whither, and to whomsoever I could, would conclude him to be the contriver of it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • So, my dear, it comes out, that I myself was obliged to this deep contriver.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • What an admirable contriver did I think myself till now!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • An excellent contriver, surely, she must think this worthy Mr. Tomlinson to be!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Apprehensive for both our safeties from the villany of such a daring and profligate contriver, I must call upon you, my dear, to resolve upon taking legal vengeance of the infernal wretch.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Sally, particularly, who pretends to be a mighty contriver, has just now, in an insolent manner, told me, on my rejecting her proffered aids, that I had no mind to conquer; and that I was so wicked as to intend to marry, though I would not own it to her.

    Clarissa Harlowe

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