from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
- noun A literary contrivance, such as parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect.
- noun A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery. synonym: figure.
- noun A graphic symbol or motto, especially in heraldry.
- noun A plan or scheme for accomplishing something.
- idiom (leave to (one's) own devices) To allow (someone) to do as he or she pleases.
- idiom (leave to (one's) own devices) To force (someone) to cope or manage without assistance.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Disposition; desire; will; pleasure.
- noun Opinion; view.
- noun The act or state of devising or inventing; invention; inventiveness; a contriving.
- noun An invention or a contrivance; something devised or fitted for a particular use or purpose, especially something of a simple character or of little complexity: as, a device for checking motion.
- noun A scheme or plan; something devised or studied out for promoting an end; specifically, something contrived for an evil or a selfish purpose; a wrongful project, stratagem, or trick.
- noun Something fancifully designed, as a picture, a, pattern, a piece of embroidery, the cut or ornament of a garment, etc.
- noun The representation of some object, group of objects, or scene, generally accompanied by a motto or other legend, and used as an expression of the bearer's aspirations or principles.
- noun The motto attached to or suited for such an emblem.
- noun A spectacle; a show.
- noun Synonyms Contrivance, Shift, etc. (see expedient, n.; see also
artifice), wile, ruse, manœuver, trick.
- noun Design, symbol.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
- noun Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
- noun An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See
- noun Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
- noun Anything fancifully conceived.
- noun obsolete A spectacle or show.
- noun obsolete Opinion; decision.
- noun any artifactual object designed to perform an action or process, with or without an operator in attendance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any piece of
equipmentmade for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
- noun A
projector scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
- noun rhetoric A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a
- noun (heraldry) A
motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badgeor cognizanceprimarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
- noun archaic Power of
devising; invention; contrivance.
- noun law An image used in whole or in part as a
trademarkor service mark.
- noun printing An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.
- noun obsolete A spectacle or
- noun obsolete Opinion; decision.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
- noun any clever maneuver
- noun something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
- noun any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
- noun an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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