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Meaning of INVENTION

Pronunciation:  in'venshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of inventing
  2. [n]  a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
  3. [n]  the creation of something in the mind

INVENTION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: conception, design, excogitation, innovation, innovation
 See Also: coinage, concoction, contrivance, contrivance, creating by mental acts, creation, creativeness, creativity, devisal, neologism, neology



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*ven"tion\, n. [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See
1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or
   construction of that which has not before existed; as, the
   invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of

   As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the invention
   will be the happiness of man.               --Tatham.

2. That which is invented; an original contrivance or
   construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention
   of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention.

         We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention
         to let one fall if not premonished.   --Evelyn.

3. Thought; idea. --Shak.

4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a

         Filling their hearers With strange invention.

5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or
   ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of

         They lay no less than a want of invention to his
         charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a
         maker.                                --Dryden.

6. (Fine Arts, Rhet., etc.) The exercise of the imagination
   in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in
   contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of
   presenting its parts.

{Invention of the cross} (Eccl.), a festival celebrated May
   3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St.

 Definition: any new thing, idea, or way of behaving that emerges from within a society.
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