And this was a special job, of his own contriving, and of considerable novelty.
To Wauna it was a revelation of magnificence in nature beyond her contriving.
contriving to secure his release from the head chief, Powhatan, he returned to Jamestown.
Such a contriving and racking of brains as Polly and Ben set up after this!
He did not succeed in contriving any plan which seemed to promise success.
Then fear that it is all a contriving of the devils makes him put it manfully from his mind.
Men were at work everywhere, Lilliputian against the bulk of the hull they were contriving.
It is plain enough to me that certain people are contriving for his ruin.
He has constructed two singularly ingenious instruments of his own contriving.
The conditions were all of the experimenters' own contriving.
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.