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Meaning of DESIGN

Pronunciation:  di'zIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design of a new instrument"
  2. [n]  a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
  3. [n]  a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building"
  4. [n]  the creation of something in the mind
  5. [n]  an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
  6. [n]  something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
  7. [n]  an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
  8. [v]  intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"
  9. [v]  design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work"
  10. [v]  create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  11. [v]  conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  12. [v]  make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
  13. [v]  make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
  14. [v]  create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit"

DESIGN is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: aim, blueprint, conception, contrive, designing, excogitation, figure, innovation, intent, intention, invention, pattern, pattern, plan, plan, project, purpose
 See Also: arrangement, bear claw, blueprint, conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, concert, concoction, contrivance, create, create by mental act, create mentally, creating by mental acts, creativeness, creativity, cross-purpose, cut, damascene, decal, decalcomania, decoration, designate, destine, device, draft, draught, emblem, end, engineer, gestate, goal, hotel plan, idea, intend, layout, linocut, make, make up, map, map out, marking, meal plan, mean, mind, motif, organisation, organization, ornament, ornamentation, planning, polka dot, program, programme, redesign, sake, screen saver, sketch, snare, specify, study, style, system, tailor, tattoo, think, trap, view, weave, will



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*sign"\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Designed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Designing}.] [F. d['e]signer to designate, cf.
    F. dessiner to draw, dessin drawing, dessein a plan or
    scheme; all, ultimately, from L. designare to designate; de-
    + signare to mark, mark out, signum mark, sign. See {Sign},
    and cf. {Design}, n., {Designate}.]
    1. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch
       for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to
       draw. --Dryden.
    2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to
       show; to point out; to appoint.
             We shall see Justice design the victor's chivalry.
             Meet me to-morrow where the master And this
             fraternity shall design.              --Beau. & Fl.
    3. To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or
       scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay
       out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a
       statue, or a cathedral.
    4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the
       remote object, but sometimes with to.
             Ask of politicians the end for which laws were
             originally designed.                  --Burke.
             He was designed to the study of the law. --Dryden.
    Syn: To sketch; plan; purpose; intend; propose; project;
  2. \De*sign"\, v. i.
    To form a design or designs; to plan.
    {Design for}, to intend to go to. [Obs.] ``From this city she
       designed for Collin [Cologne].'' --Evelyn.
  3. \De*sign"\, n. [Cf. dessein, dessin.]
    1. A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main
       features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a
       building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan.
    2. A plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be
       done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be
       expressed in a visible form or carried into action;
       intention; purpose; -- often used in a bad sense for evil
       intention or purpose; scheme; plot.
             The vast design and purpos? of the King. --Tennyson.
             The leaders of that assembly who withstood the
             designs of a besotted woman.          --Hallam.
             A . . . settled design upon another man's life.
             How little he could guess the secret designs of the
             court!                                --Macaulay.
    3. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred
       from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument
       from design.
    4. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp.,
       a work of decorative art considered as a new creation;
       conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this
       carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design.
    5. (Mus.) The invention and conduct of the subject; the
       disposition of every part, and the general order of the
    {Arts of design}, those into which the designing of artistic
       forms and figures enters as a principal part, as
       architecture, painting, engraving, sculpture.
    {School of design}, one in which are taught the invention and
       delineation of artistic or decorative figures, patterns,
       and the like.
    Syn: Intention; purpose; scheme; project; plan; idea.
    Usage: {Design}, {Intention}, {Purpose}. Design has reference
           to something definitely aimed at. Intention points to
           the feelings or desires with which a thing is sought.
           Purpose has reference to a settled choice or
           determination for its attainment. ``I had no design to
           injure you,'' means it was no part of my aim or
           object. ``I had no intention to injure you,'' means, I
           had no wish or desire of that kind. ``My purpose was
           directly the reverse,'' makes the case still stronger.
                 Is he a prudent man . . . that lays designs only
                 for a day, without any prospect to the remaining
                 part of his life?                 --Tillotson.
                 I wish others the same intention, and greater
                 successes.                        --Sir W.
                 It is the purpose that makes strong the vow.
Computing Dictionary

The approach that engineering (and some other) disciplines use to specify how to create or do something. A successful design must satisfies a (perhaps informal) functional specification (do what it was designed to do); conforms to the limitations of the target medium (it is possible to implement); meets implicit or explicit requirements on performance and resource usage (it is efficient enough).

A design may also have to satisfy restrictions on the design process itself, such as its length or cost, or the tools available for doing the design.

In the software life-cycle, design follows requirements analysis and is followed by implementation.

["Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications", 2nd ed., Grady Booch].

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