Definitions of device

  1. something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
  2. any clever ( deceptive) maneuver; " he would stoop to any device to win a point"
  3. an emblematic design ( especially in heraldry); " he was recognized by the device on his shield"
  4. any ornamental pattern or design ( as in embroidery)
  5. an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; " the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; " a device intended to conserve water"
  6. 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.
  7. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
  8. 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.
  9. Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
  10. Anything fancifully conceived.
  11. A spectacle or show.
  12. Opinion; decision.
  13. Expendable and nonexpendable equipment, supplies, apparatus, and instruments that are used in diagnostic, surgical, therapeutic, scientific, and experimental procedures.
  14. A scheme; invention; trick; stratagem; a fanciful design or pattern; a heraldic emblem.
  15. A contrivance or instrument designed for a specific purpose.
  16. That which is devised or designed: contrivance: power of devising: genius: ( her.) the emblem borne upon a shield.
  17. Contrivance; scheme; armorial bearing.
  18. A contrivance; design; plan; scheme; heraldioemblem or motto.
  19. Something devised or contrived, sometimes with good, usually with evil, intent; an emblem intended to represent a family, person, action, or quality, with a suitable motto, used in painting, sculpture, and heraldry; a motto used as an emblem; anything fancifully and cunningly contrived; invention; genius; faculty of devising.
  20. A contrivance; anything formed by design; a scheme or stratagem; a project; an emblematical representation.

Usage examples for device

  1. In this book we find a new device used by Day. – A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898 by Henry R. Plomer
  2. I have found a name for your inn; I have painted the device upon your sign- board. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  3. " Time and I," was his device. – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey
  4. His own problem was essentially the same as if a mechanical spying device had been planted in him- with one difference. – Tangle Hold by F. L. Wallace
  5. We get it: A traveler, by the faithful hound, Half buried in the snow was found, Still grasping in his hand of ice That banner with the strange device, Excelsior! – A Plea for Old Cap Collier by Irvin S. Cobb
  6. Why lure it from me, by trick and device? – The Cardinal's Snuff-Box by Henry Harland
  7. It was an admirable device of the Minister's to prevent a disturbance, had he dreaded one; for all those whom he had reason to suspect were, like Luis, requested to walk on one side, when they were quietly apprehended, and driven off to prison, without any of their friends suspecting what had become of them. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. Betsy's a Mahon- modified device. – The Machine That Saved The World by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  9. It's a device of nature for the protection of weak things. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  10. In that serious difficulty automatic pumps, controlled by an electrical device, at once began forcing out the water. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  11. A third device is to catch a buzzard and tie together some of the flight feathers of the wing, so that it can fly only with difficulty and cannot go far before it falls exhausted to the ground. –  by
  12. Apart from the beautiful architecture, these schools are all equipped with every modern device for the training of the younger generation, both physically and mentally. – Reno A Book of Short Stories and Information by Lilyan Stratton
  13. As far as I know, Lyly is the first to use the convenient dramatic device of disguise. – John Lyly by John Dover Wilson
  14. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  15. The robot was obviously a remote- control device. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  16. If the latter device is employed, the boiling water in the kettle should come halfway to the top of the molds. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  17. The device adds about one and one- half pounds to the weight of the gun. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  18. It's a shrewd device, and my hat's off to the guy that invented it." – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  19. Louis's device was the sun. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere