Definitions of device

  1. something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
  2. an emblematic design ( especially in heraldry); " he was recognized by the device on his shield"
  3. any ornamental pattern or design ( as in embroidery)
  4. an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; " the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; " a device intended to conserve water"
  5. 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.
  6. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
  7. 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.
  8. Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
  9. Anything fancifully conceived.
  10. A spectacle or show.
  11. A scheme; invention; trick; stratagem; a fanciful design or pattern; a heraldic emblem.
  12. That which is devised or designed: contrivance: power of devising: genius: ( her.) the emblem borne upon a shield.
  13. Contrivance; scheme; armorial bearing.
  14. 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.
  15. A contrivance; anything formed by design; a scheme or stratagem; a project; an emblematical representation.

Usage examples for device

  1. 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
  2. The robot was obviously a remote- control device. – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  3. Why lure it from me, by trick and device? – The Cardinal's Snuff-Box by Henry Harland
  4. 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
  5. " Time and I," was his device. – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey
  6. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  7. As far as I know, Lyly is the first to use the convenient dramatic device of disguise. – John Lyly by John Dover Wilson
  8. 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
  9. Betsy's a Mahon- modified device. – The Machine That Saved The World by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  10. 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
  11. I have found a name for your inn; I have painted the device upon your sign- board. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  12. 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
  13. Louis's device was the sun. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  14. 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