He was, it appears, overpowered as the contraption failed to properly ignite.
Instinctively, we know it's not, but despair about how to turn the contraption off.
Saddles he knew, and harness he knew, but this was a contraption which roused misgivings in his conservative soul.
But it took ten days to get the contraption ready for the next fizzle.
The contraption had a total weight of approximately 20 pounds.
My children's teeth never had to have all this contraption on them.
Wall, stranger, what kind of a contraption do you-all reckon to have thar?
When we find Craven, we'll find the contraption that's blanketing Jupiter and its moons.
The platform was lighted with a contraption shaped like a basket and burning coal that gave off a blaze.
Aw, you don't think you're ever going to get there with that contraption, do you?
1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.
A contrivance or device; piece of machinery: What's this ugly contraption in the corner? (1820s+)