- a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
- a plan or scheme for effecting a purpose.
- a crafty scheme; trick.
- a particular word pattern, figure of speech, combination of word sounds, etc., used in a literary work to evoke a desired effect or arouse a desired reaction in the reader: rhetorical devices.
- a mobile device: Students may not bring devices into the secure testing center. Don't leave your devices in a hot car.
- something elaborately or fancifully designed.
- a representation or design used as a heraldic charge or as an emblem, badge, trademark, or the like.
- a motto.
- Archaic. devising; invention.
Origin of device
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Examples from the Web for device
Employees strap a device to their heads and power a helicopter drone with their minds.Use Your Brain—Control a Drone
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January 5, 2015
In that case the device was to put the genius in opposition to a majority of established cultural tastes and codes.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Once a month he attaches a device to his chest, clamps metal bracelets on his wrists, and hooks the whole thing up to a telephone.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Paul has consistently used Benghazi as a device to stake out high ground on foreign policy.Rand Paul Won’t Let Benghazi Die
December 2, 2014
Now you can scroll to the next direction on your recipe without getting batter or sauce all over your device.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life
November 29, 2014
If the oven is to be used, a device that fits the oven should be employed.
In using this device, only a coal or a wood stove is practical.
They used every device of ingenious minds to push the siege.The Rock of Chickamauga
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He was about to slip the device into his pocket when he stiffened involuntarily.
The Pilot's Assister is the official name of the new English device.
- a machine or tool used for a specific task; contrivance
- euphemistic a bomb
- a plan or plot, esp a clever or evil one; scheme; trick
- any ornamental pattern or picture, as in embroidery
- computer hardware that is designed for a specific function
- a written, printed, or painted design or figure, used as a heraldic sign, emblem, trademark, etc
- a particular pattern of words, figures of speech, etc, used in literature to produce an effect on the reader
- archaic the act or process of planning or devising
- leave someone to his own devices to leave someone alone to do as he wishes
Word Origin and History for device
late 13c., from Old French devis "division, separation, disposition, wish, desire; coat of arms, emblem; last will," from deviser "to divide, distribute" (see devise). Sense of "method by which something is divided" arose in French and led to modern meaning.
- A contrivance or an invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
Idioms and Phrases with device
see leave to someone's own devices.