- con·trap·tious, adjective
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How to use contraption in a sentence
For now, the team has only tested the contraption one scent at a time.Scientists Made a Biohybrid Nose Using Cells From Mosquitoes | Shelly Fan | January 26, 2021 | Singularity Hub
It’s a contraption that includes electric thrusters that can autonomously stabilize a litter that’s dangling from a helicopter.Getting rescued by helicopter has risks. This gadget could make it safer. | Rob Verger | January 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
They aren’t revealing design details of the contraption yet, although a rendering shows a plane with six propellers and a V-shaped tail.These new flying taxis offer a glimpse at our future commutes | Rob Verger | January 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
They can be fairly complicated contraptions, costing up to a few hundred dollars.How Much Do We Really Care About Children? (Ep. 447) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 14, 2021 | Freakonomics
Its newer bike, one with a contraption that allows users to move the display screen so they can do workouts off the bike, met with enormous demand, adding to the pressure on Peloton.How Peloton’s $420 million Precor deal positions the company for post-pandemic life | Phil Wahba | December 22, 2020 | Fortune
Rosina, when she saw me cooling, had no such merciful contraption ready.
The wrestling worthy accessory is a bit of a misnomer—there is no cheekily exposed skin in this full-coverage contraption.
The gun range is nothing alarming—a plastic contraption with a toy pistol aiming at a series of targets a few feet away.Fear and Loathing at the Republican Leadership Conference | David Freedlander | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I parked the stroller at the base of the metal slide and wrestled Julia in her bulky snowsuit out of the belted contraption.
Called “Hövding,” the simple-looking contraption takes its cue from car airbags.Helmet Haute Couture: The Invisible Helmet Revolutionizing Bike Safety | Nina Strochlic | December 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
None of them had ever seen a piano before and June must play the "shiny contraption" and sing a song.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine | John Fox, Jr.
Jordde held something like a black whip in his hand, only the end went to a box-like contraption strapped to his back.The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
Four spindly legs led up to a globular body encased in a harness-like contraption.Victory | Lester del Rey
I niver knowed that ye could shoot a bear with a shmall contraption like that black box.The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound | George A. Warren
It lay along a flat sheet of perforated steel––the homeliest contraption imaginable.The Cup of Fury | Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for contraption
informal, often facetious, or derogatory a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised
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