Usage examples for contrivance

  1. There were some in that city who were upon the point of delivering it up, but he, knowing the persons, gave information to some friends of the Syracusans, and so defeated the whole contrivance. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. Go to, now; I will see whether the Evil One be not hidden behind the mirror; or if, perchance, there be not here some witchcraft contrivance of the Franks. –  by
  3. It was four o'clock on a threatening day in June when the solitary aeronaut took flight from Paris in a small hydrogen balloon only partially filled, but rigged with some contrivance of wings which were designed to render it self- propelling. – The Dominion of the Air by J. M. Bacon
  4. Now, get a pencil and paper, and let me see you work out a better contrivance." – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  5. His contrivance for playing on the instrument was as remarkable as the instrument itself; he had rigged up a sort of jury arm of wood and metal, with an elbow to it, and a grip to lay hold of the bow. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  6. Perception of contrivance and design. – Poetical Works of Akenside by Mark Akenside
  7. So, this was a good Contrivance: If this be Charles, now will he wonder how I found him out. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  8. Many persons appointed by the crown were dismissed, or thrown off, by his contrivance. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  9. Then it would be time to give the alarm, and go down with a bullet in his body, or by some contrivance evade the deadly rifle and come to grips with his enemy. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
  10. But the same contrivance had answered on that former occasion. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  11. There is no evidence that the Assyrians employed such a contrivance for any purpose but the raising of water. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  12. As is generally the case, the courage of the whites increased in proportion as they discovered that of the Indians diminishing, and the proposal was made by one to wade over to the contrivance and demolish it. – The Riflemen of the Miami by Edward S. Ellis
  13. Another contrivance is that of ventilating- holes in the front doors, through which fresh air is brought into the oven. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. An admirable contrivance of this nature may be still seen in the Neapolitan Museum, viz. – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  15. So now in high good- humor with this fantastic contrivance of hers, Mother Rigby told the scarecrow that it must go and play its part in the great world, where not one man in a hundred, she affirmed, was gifted with more real substance than itself. – Short Stories of Various Types by Various
  16. By this contrivance, in short, all the apartments were warmed very comfortably, and illuminated in a brilliant manner. – Paris As It Was and As It Is by Francis W. Blagdon
  17. " This is a very cool contrivance of yours, Kate,-- bringing us here this morning," said her brother, rather gravely. – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  18. Has anyone else seen this contrivance? – Lord Stranleigh Abroad by Robert Barr