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Pronunciation:  kun'trIvuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of devising something
  2. [n]  a device that very useful for a particular job
  3. [n]  any improvised arrangement for temporary use
  4. [n]  the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"
  5. [n]  an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
  6. [n]  an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"

CONTRIVANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: appliance, contraption, convenience, devisal, dodge, gadget, gismo, gizmo, lash-up, stratagem, widget
 See Also: arrangement, arrangement, conception, design, device, excogitation, gadgetry, gimbals, injector, innovation, invention, invention, mod con, organisation, organization, patch, plant, scheme, strategy, system, temporary hookup, wangle, wangling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*triv"ance\, n.
1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or

         The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by
         its construction, contrivance and design.
         Contrivance must have had a contriver. --Paley.

2. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of
   parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; atrifice;

         Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to
         provide for human wants.              --Burke.

Syn: Device; plan; scheme; invention; machine; project;
     design; artifice; shift. See {Device}.

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