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Meaning of DEVICE

Pronunciation:  di'vIs

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"
  2. [n]  
  3. [n]  an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield"
  4. [n]  any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
  5. [n]  something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
 

DEVICE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: gimmick, twist
 
 See Also: acoustic device, adapter, adaptor, aerofoil, afterburner, agglomerator, airfoil, alarm, alarm system, appliance, applicator, applier, aspergill, asphyxiator, automatic pilot, autopilot, baby's dummy, bait, battery charger, billiard marker, birth control device, blow tube, blower, blowpipe, blowtube, bootjack, breathalyser, breathalyzer, breathing apparatus, breathing device, breathing machine, bubbler, buffer, catapult, charger, comb, comforter, conductor, contraceptive, contraceptive device, contraption, contrivance, control surface, convenience, converter, convertor, corrective, crusher, cryptograph, cutoff, dampener, damper, data input device, decoy, deflector, dental appliance, depressor, design, detector, diestock, drive, drop forge, drop hammer, drop press, elastic device, electrical device, electronic device, emblem, energiser, energizer, exercise device, explosive device, expressive style, extinguisher, fan, fast one, fender, figure, filter, fire extinguisher, gadget, gas fixture, gismo, gizmo, groover, guard, heat exchanger, heater, input device, instrumentality, instrumentation, launcher, lure, maneuver, manoeuvre, moistener, muffler, pacifier, pattern, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device, restorative, rhetorical device, robot pilot, safety, safety device, seal, sensing element, sensor, stamp, style, surface, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, teething ring, trick, union, ventilator, warmer, warning device, widget

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\De*vice"\, n. [OE. devis, devise, will, intention,
opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and
estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in
sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr.
deviser. See {Devise}, v. t., and cf. {Devise}, n.]
1. 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.

         His device in against Babylon, to destroy it. --Jer.
                                               li. 11.

         Their recent device of demanding benevolences.
                                               --Hallam.

         He disappointeth the devices of the crafty. --Job v.
                                               12.

2. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

         I must have instruments of my own device. --Landor.

3.
   (a) 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
       {Cognizance}.
   (b) Improperly, an heraldic bearing.

             Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by
             devices on their shields.         --Addison.

             A banner with this strange device - Excelsior.
                                               --Longfellow.

4. Anything fancifully conceived. --Shak.

5. A spectacle or show. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

6. Opinion; decision. [Obs.] --Rom. of R.

Syn: Contrivance; invention; design; scheme; project;
     stratagem; shift.

Usage: -- {Device}, {Contrivance}. Device implies more of
       inventive power, and contrivance more of skill and
       dexterity in execution. A device usually has reference
       to something worked out for exhibition or show; a
       contrivance usually respects the arrangement or
       disposition of things with reference to securing some
       end. Devices were worn by knights-errant on their
       shields; contrivances are generally used to promote
       the practical convenience of life. The word device is
       often used in a bad sense; as, a crafty device;
       contrivance is almost always used in a good sense; as,
       a useful contrivance.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

peripheral

 
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