Definitions of invention

  1. the creation of something in the mind
  2. a creation ( a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation
  3. the act of inventing
  4. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing.
  5. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention.
  6. Thought; idea.
  7. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
  8. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention.
  9. The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
  10. The act of originating; the thing originated; discovery; the quality by which one creates or produces anything for the first time; that which is made up.
  11. That which is invented: contrivance: a deceit: power or faculty of inventing: ability displayed by any invention or effort of the imagination.
  12. Act of inventing; anything invented; deceit; faculty of inventing.
  13. The act or process of inventing.
  14. That which is invented; a device; contrivance.
  15. Skill or ingenuity in contriving.
  16. The contrivance of that which did not before exist; contrivance; that which is invented; an original contrivance; fiction; fabrication; the power of imaginative conception; imaginative faculty or ability; discovery.
  17. The act or operation of finding out or contriving something new; the article invented; forgery; fiction; in the fine arts, a term employed to designate the conception or representation of a subject, and generally the whole means by which the artist seeks to portray his thoughts.

Usage examples for invention

  1. " If that thought gives you comfort, retain it," returned the woman; " the whole story of the earl's illness was an invention to bring you at so short notice from the protection of the prior." – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. The cross was the invention of hate. – Quiet Talks about Jesus by S. D. Gordon
  3. Will you put money into my invention – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  4. Let an end come swiftly to the invention of sophistries to prove the contrary. – Religious Perplexities by L. P. Jacks
  5. 1765. Watt's invention of the steam- engine. – Terre Napoleon A history of French explorations and projects in Australia by Ernest Scott
  6. Was not the whole affair a clever invention – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  7. No more invention no more grace, but a hundred robes always the same, and with no mark of difference for her who wears it, or way to tell which may be mistress and which the servant. – Prisoners of Poverty Abroad by Helen Campbell
  8. If it were not for the purpose of getting money the doctor would have had nothing to do with the conspiracy, which was his own invention – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  9. " Surely," added Mr. Ward, " this invention can be of no personal use to the man, that he should hide it from the rest of us. – The Master of the World by Jules Verne
  10. Burl had been stirred to one invention by imminent peril. – The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster
  11. Who would have believed that the silent, dreamy lad had so much presence of mind, and such cunning powers of invention – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. That is " my own invention that phrase! – The Amateur Garden by George W. Cable
  13. Invention has made the whole world over again. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  14. " No," he said, " it's not exactly a new kind of dam- not an invention – Out of the Primitive by Robert Ames Bennet
  15. The sewing- machine was an invention – Inventors by Philip Gengembre Hubert
  16. Charlie was very fertile in invention and if it was not one thing it was another. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  17. The device whereby I secure this at such a distance is an invention of my own which, for patent reasons- I might almost say 'patent patent reasons'- I will ask you to kindly keep to yourself. – The-Darrow-Enigma by Severy, Melvin Linwood
  18. Mr. Strutt at once appreciated the merits of the invention and a partnership was entered into with Arkwright, whose road to fortune was now clear. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  19. The greatest invention since the wheel! – The Worlds of Joe Shannon by Frank M. Robinson
  20. But a 'ole in a wall, Cap'en Kemp- it takes a hartist to make a picter o' that; an' it takes study, an' meditation, an' invention – The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison