Definitions of design

  1. the creation of something in the mind
  2. make or work out a plan for; devise; " They contrived to murder their boss"; " design a new sales strategy"; " plan an attack"
  3. 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"
  4. a decorative or artistic work; " the coach had a design on the doors"
  5. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; " the design of a building"
  6. an arrangement scheme; " the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; " it was an excellent design for living"; " a plan for seating guests"
  7. intend or have as a purpose; " She designed to go far in the world of business"
  8. design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; " This room is not designed for work"
  9. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; " She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  10. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; " design a better mousetrap"; " plan the new wing of the museum"
  11. create designs; " Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  12. 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.
  13. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
  14. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  15. 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.
  16. To form a design or designs; to plan.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.
  20. To intend or purpose; - usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
  21. 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.
  22. To draw, mark, or plan out; project; intend; set apart mentally; as, to design a thing for a purpose.
  23. To make decorative plans or execute original work.
  24. An outline, plan, or drawing; project; intention.
  25. To mark out: to draw: to form a plan of: to contrive: to intend.
  26. A drawing or sketch: a plan in outline: a plan or scheme formed in the mind: plot: intention.
  28. Drawing; plan; intention.
  29. To draw; sketch; contrive; plan; purpose; intend.
  30. To plan; invent.
  31. To plan for a purpose; purpose; intend.
  32. To draw; sketch in outline.
  33. To from designs; contrive.
  34. A pattern; preliminary sketch; the art of designing.
  35. The adaptation of means to an end; plan; contrivance; also, the object or end sought; purpose; intention.
  36. 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.
  37. To sketch out; to plan; to project; to contrive; to purpose or intend; to designate.
  38. To project; to form in the mind; to intend; to purpose; to form or plan by drawing the outline; to plan; to invent.
  39. 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. 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
  2. Done half by design. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. 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
  4. There are two vital principles that should be observed in the design of any fireplace. – Making a Fireplace by Henry H. Saylor
  5. 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
  6. They're building a big new ship of new design- almost half as big as the Platform. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  7. 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
  8. 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
  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. In the design shown in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  11. Here, my friends is another design. – The Old Stone House by Anne March
  12. The information does not come from Him, for then there would be more design in these incidents. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  13. That they are guilty of a design to deceive is certain. – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  14. The design stands out fine on this. – Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter