device

[ dih-vahys ]
/ dɪˈvaɪs /

noun

Origin of device

1375–1425; blend of late Middle English devis division, discourse and devise heraldic device, will; both < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīvīsa, feminine of dīvīsus; see division

Related forms

de·vice·ful, adjectivede·vice·ful·ly, adverbde·vice·ful·ness, noun

Can be confused

device devise
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British Dictionary definitions for device

device

/ (dɪˈvaɪs) /

noun

Word Origin for device

C13: from Old French devis purpose, contrivance and devise difference, intention, from deviser to divide, control; see devise
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Medicine definitions for device

device

[ dĭ-vīs ]

n.

A contrivance or an invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
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Idioms and Phrases with device

device


see leave to someone's own devices.

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