Definitions of design

  1. something intended as a guide for making something else; " a blueprint for a house"; " a pattern for a skirt"
  2. the creation of something in the mind
  3. make or work out a plan for; devise; " They contrived to murder their boss"; " design a new sales strategy"; " plan an attack"
  4. create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; " Chanel designed the famous suit"
  5. 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"
  6. a decorative or artistic work; " the coach had a design on the doors"
  7. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; " the design of a building"
  8. an arrangement scheme; " the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; " it was an excellent design for living"; " a plan for seating guests"
  9. intend or have as a purpose; " She designed to go far in the world of business"
  10. design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; " This room is not designed for work"
  11. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; " She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  12. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; " design a better mousetrap"; " plan the new wing of the museum"
  13. create designs; " Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  14. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  15. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
  16. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  17. 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.
  18. To form a design or designs; to plan.
  19. 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.
  20. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design.
  21. 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.
  22. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.
  23. To intend or purpose; - usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
  24. 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.
  25. To draw, mark, or plan out; project; intend; set apart mentally; as, to design a thing for a purpose.
  26. To make decorative plans or execute original work.
  27. An outline, plan, or drawing; project; intention.
  28. To mark out: to draw: to form a plan of: to contrive: to intend.
  29. A drawing or sketch: a plan in outline: a plan or scheme formed in the mind: plot: intention.
  31. Drawing; plan; intention.
  32. To draw; sketch; contrive; plan; purpose; intend.
  33. To plan; invent.
  34. To plan for a purpose; purpose; intend.
  35. To draw; sketch in outline.
  36. To from designs; contrive.
  37. A pattern; preliminary sketch; the art of designing.
  38. The adaptation of means to an end; plan; contrivance; also, the object or end sought; purpose; intention.
  39. A sketch; plan; draft; scheme; project; intention; the figures with which workmen enrich their stuffs, copied from paintings or draughts; the disposition of every part and the general order of the whole. A school of design, an institution in which the principles of drawing connected with the industrial arts are taught.
  40. To sketch out; to plan; to project; to contrive; to purpose or intend; to designate.
  41. To project; to form in the mind; to intend; to purpose; to form or plan by drawing the outline; to plan; to invent.
  42. A project; a scheme; purpose; intention; a plan or representation of a thing by an outline; an idea or plan in the mind meant to be expressed in a visible form; figures or drawings for cloth, & c.; the plan of a building in all its parts.

Usage examples for design

  1. At once a design entered into my mind. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. I had wanted to get the lady a chip from this, thinking it looked as if it would lend itself more easily to the design, but she said it would not do. – Ex Voto by Samuel Butler
  3. That they are guilty of a design to deceive is certain. – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  4. They're building a big new ship of new design- almost half as big as the Platform. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  5. Done half by design. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  6. The action should be all rounded up within the one design and stop at the artistic stopping- place. – Literature in the Elementary School by Porter Lander MacClintock
  7. In the design shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  8. The ability to carry out the design is here, and at such a price! – From Edinburgh to India & Burmah by William G. Burn Murdoch
  9. Our Commissioners are preparing to go to Bredah to the treaty, and do design to be going the next week. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  10. Although quite happy in my uncle's home, I still wished to carry out my former design of teaching, and as the season advanced, I again spoke to my uncle and aunt upon the subject. – The Path of Duty, and Other Stories by H. S. Caswell
  11. And as I here declare, and as I look upon myself as a dying woman, I never did design to hurt my father, but thought the powder innocent, as Cranstoun told me it was. – Trial-of-Mary-Blandy by Roughead, William
  12. The information does not come from Him, for then there would be more design in these incidents. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  13. I called upon Mr. Wilberforce, also, with the same design. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament (1808), Vol. I by Thomas Clarkson
  14. Wrinkle raised a pair of wondering eyes to Bradley's design- filled face, and fixed them there anxiously. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  15. Nor does it conceal from such a mind the fact that the existence of order in any measure or degree implies of necessity the existence of plan or design, and therefore of intelligent purpose also. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  16. Of course, while the design is in progress one must use several pieces of filling in each row of weaving. – How to make rugs by Candace Wheeler
  17. But there were others who had no definite aim or purpose, and seemed to think their study would shape them to some design. – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  18. The design stands out fine on this. – Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter
  19. Here, my friends is another design. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  20. There are two vital principles that should be observed in the design of any fireplace. – Making a Fireplace by Henry H. Saylor