- the act of inventing.
- U.S. Patent Law. a new, useful process, machine, improvement, etc., that did not exist previously and that is recognized as the product of some unique intuition or genius, as distinguished from ordinary mechanical skill or craftsmanship.
- anything invented or devised.
- the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
- an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, especially in art, music, etc.
- something fabricated, as a false statement.
- Sociology. the creation of a new culture trait, pattern, etc.
- Music. a short piece, contrapuntal in nature, generally based on one subject.
- Rhetoric. (traditionally) one of the five steps in speech preparation, the process of choosing ideas appropriate to the subject, audience, and occasion.
- Archaic. the act of finding.
Origin of invention
Related Words for inventioncontraption, brainchild, ingenuity, creativity, doodad, imagination, design, gimmick, gizmo, apparatus, opus, concoction, novelty, resourcefulness, originality, genius, innovation, discovery, development, gadget
Examples from the Web for invention
Contemporary Examples of invention
The basic premise that Christians should expect to suffer and be persecuted is not an invention of Rev. Sproul.All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 19, 2014
The maxim proved true: Necessity is the mother of invention.Cheap Trick: Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks
August 19, 2014
The invention of farming was the initial cause of wars that created peace.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
The titles of two competing 16th-century world maps nicely capture the tension between reflection and invention.The Million-Dollar Map Thief
July 30, 2014
You know what became way, way, way cooler to go to with the invention of Instagram?Balloon Races Are Suddenly Cool. Why? Because, Instagram
July 10, 2014
Historical Examples of invention
Do you object to atheism, and yet regard obedience to God as an invention of the priests?Weighed and Wanting
This scene, be it remarked, is not in Plutarch, but is Shakespeare's own invention.
For when has Desdemona shown high and plenteous wit or invention?
It is Mary Fitton who has "wit and invention," and is "an admirable musician."
Her desperation lent her invention; just in this one way he must not find her out.Quaint Courtships
- the act or process of inventing
- something that is invented
- patent law the discovery or production of some new or improved process or machine that is both useful and is not obvious to persons skilled in the particular field
- creative power or ability; inventive skill
- euphemistic a fabrication; lie
- (in traditional rhetoric) one of the five steps in preparing a speech or discourse: the process of finding suitable topics on which to talk or write
- music a short piece consisting of two or three parts usually in imitative counterpoint
- sociol the creation of a new cultural pattern or trait
c.1400, "devised method of organization," from Old French invencion (13c.) and directly from Latin inventionem (nominative inventio) "faculty of invention; a finding, discovery," noun of action from past participle stem of invenire "devise, discover, find," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + venire "to come" (see venue).
Meaning "finding or discovering of something" is early 15c. in English; sense of "thing invented" is first recorded 1510s. Etymological sense preserved in Invention of the Cross, Church festival (May 3) celebrating the reputed finding of the Cross of the Crucifixion by Helena, mother of Constantine, in 326 C.E.