American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of inventing: used a technique of her own invention.
- n. A new device, method, or process developed from study and experimentation: the phonograph, an invention attributed to Thomas Edison.
- n. A mental fabrication, especially a falsehood.
- n. Skill in inventing; inventiveness: "the invention and sweep of the staging” ( John Simon).
- n. Music A short composition developing a single theme contrapuntally.
- n. A discovery; a finding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A finding. [Obsolete, or archaic, as in the phrase Invention of the Cross. See cross.]
- n. The act or process of finding out how to make something previously unknown, or how to do something in a new way; original contrivance; creation by a new use of means: as, the invention of printing; the invention of the steamengine, or of an improved steam-engine.
- n. That which is invented; something previously unknown, or some new modification of an existing thing, produced by an original use of means; an original contrivance or device. When used absolutely, it generally denotes a new mechanical device, or a new process in one of the useful arts.
- n. Specifically, in music, a short piece in which a single thought is worked out, usually contrapuntally, but with the comparative simplicity of an impromptu or of a study.
- n. The act of producing by the exercise of the imagination; mental fabrication or creation: as, the invention of plots or of excuses.
- n. The faculty or power of inventing; skill or ingenuity in original contrivance; the gift of finding out or producing new forms, methods, processes, effects, etc.; in art and lit., the exercise of imagination in production; the creative faculty.
- n. A coming in; arrival.
- n. Something invented.
- n. The act of inventing.
- n. The capacity to invent.
- n. music A small, self-contained composition, particularly those in J.S. Bach’s Two- and Three-part Inventions.
- n. archaic The act of discovering or finding; the act of finding out; discovery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed
- n. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device
- n. Thought; idea.
- n. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
- n. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new.
- n. (Fine Arts, Rhet., etc.) The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
- n. the creation of something in the mind
- n. a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
- n. the act of inventing
- Middle English invencioun, scheme, plan, from Old French invencion, a finding out, from Latin inventiō, inventiōn-, inventiveness, from inventus, past participle of invenīre, to find; see invent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Unfortunately the US broadened the term invention, e.g. you don't have a technical requirement like in Europe, industrial application is weakened to "useful".”
“The 1970 Act did not exclude explicitly patents for computer related inventions, as computer technology at that point of time was relatively unknown, but the definition of the term invention itself excluded patents for computer programmes.”
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