[ dih-vahys ]
/ dɪˈvaɪs /


Nearby words

  1. deviate,
  2. deviation,
  3. deviationism,
  4. deviatory,
  5. devic's disease,
  6. devil,
  7. devil and deep blue sea,
  8. devil dog,
  9. devil of a,
  10. devil ray

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

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British Dictionary definitions for devices


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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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Word Origin and History for devices



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.

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Medicine definitions for devices


[ dĭ-vīs ]


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 devices


see leave to someone's own devices.

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