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  • n. A person who devises; a planner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who devises.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who contrives or invents; a contriver; an inventor.

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

  • n. a person who makes plans


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  • But it has always amused me that Professor Tim Jackson, the deviser of MDP, found that 1976 was the peak year for quality of life in Britain.

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  • These transcripts of the 30 "best" selected by the programme's deviser and producer for 34 years run the gamut from the farceur Ben Travers, who saw WG Grace play and was in Australia during England's 1928-29 tour when Don Bradman made his Test debut, to Lily Allen, whose interest in the game was sparked by the 2005 Ashes.

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  • The interpretation may or may not be what the deviser intended.

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  • She might have ended up the deviser of merely fascinating stories, gizmos and thingamajigs that brought off-kilter delight.

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  • Medicine (1991) - Alan Kligerman, deviser of digestive deliverance, vanquisher of vapor, and inventor of Beano, for his pioneering work with anti-gas liquids that prevent bloat, gassiness, discomfort and embarrassment.

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  • Probably the most widely used tool for measuring subjective individual differences in imagery, made available by its deviser, David Marks (1973, 1999).

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  • “What means this?” she said; “Douglas, why does the first deviser and bold executor of the happy scheme for our freedom, shun the company of his fellow-nobles, and of the Sovereign whom he has obliged?”

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  • Gatling was the prototypical Yankee tinkerer, a self-educated deviser of farm implements, including a mechanical planter that fed seeds from a hopper.

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  • More philosopher than deviser of intricate characters or plots, Mr. Le Clézio is like a post-Darwin Rousseau, decrying the ruination of indigenous cultures around the world, often through the eyes of a child.

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  • No doubt, the government and the deviser of the model would find this all too embarrasing.

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