from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination.
- transitive v. To make up; fabricate: invent a likely excuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To design a new process or mechanism.
- v. To create something fictional for a particular purpose.
- v. To come upon; to find; to find out; to discover.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To come or light upon; to meet; to find.
- transitive v. To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; -- applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine.
- transitive v. To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; -- in a good or a bad sense
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come upon; light upon; meet with; find.
- To find out by original study or contrivance; create by a new use or combination of means; devise the form, construction, composition, method, or principle of.
- In general, to produce by contrivance; fabricate; concoet; devise: as, to invent the plot of a story; to invent an excuse or a falsehood.
- Synonyms 2 and 3. Discover, Invent. See discover and invention.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
- v. make up something artificial or untrue
That is, critics who use the term invent the boundaries that are supposedly being "transgressed."
To invent a Latin word which ought to have been invented before my time, 'non interrumpunt at _interrupturiunt_.'
"To invent is a game and it is really fun," he says.
There is no need in invent projects for us to play together like children.
Framing the argument as though there was no difference between the 1-Click patent and the patent for a new molecule that cost a billion dollars to invent is a deceptive practice. blog comments powered by Disqus
They also missed some good ones: didn't Heinlein invent the waldo and the waterbed?
I have, therefore, listed Dr. Samuel Johnson in some of my memorandums of the principal planters and favourers of the enclosures, under a name which I took the liberty to invent from the Greek, Papadendrion.
If we can demonstrate the fact that we call invent anything, mould a piece of statuary or write a book as well as anyone, then we shall do more to solve the negro problem than all preaching and complaining can do?
I have, therefore, listed Dr. Samuel Johnson in some of my memorandums of the principal planters and favourers of the enclosures, under a name which I took the liberty to invent from the Greek, Papadendrion .
I have, therefore, listed Dr. Samuel Johnson in some of my memorandums of the principal planters and favourers of the enclosures, under a name which I took the liberty to invent from the Greek, _Papadendrion_ .