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The Definition of - device (noun)

    noun
    1.
    a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
    2.
    a plan or scheme for effecting a purpose.
    3.
    a crafty scheme; trick.
    4.
    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.
    5.
    a mobile device: Students may not bring devices into the secure testing center.
    Don't leave your devices in a hot car.
    6.
    something elaborately or fancifully designed.
    7.
    a representation or design used as a heraldic charge or as an emblem, badge, trademark, or the like.
    8.
    a motto.
    9.
    Archaic. devising; invention.

Word Example of - device

    Example Sentences for device

    As, however, they continued to come, this was considered only as a device for raising the price.

    I concluded they were a device of the bank messenger, by which he could square his package.

    By this device Solomon was enabled to distinguish between the natural and the artificial flowers.

    The change was simply a device to allow the owner to protect his interest.

    It has not perceived that what in Homer was the main business of the epic, has become in later epic a device.

    A Device of an Angel appearing to three Shepherds on a hill.

    The device still stood on the table and I took my place before it, staring at the screen of the Horsten psychomat.

    And I want a model of that device as soon as it's developed and has had preliminary tests.

    The old form of spring became weaker as it was unwound and necessitated the use of a device called a fusee or spiral drum.

    He set the device gently on the desk, then seized his wife about the waist.

Word Origin & History of - device

    Word Origin & History

    device late 13c., from O.Fr. devis "division, separation, disposition, wish, desire," from L. divisus, pp. of dividere "to divide" (see divide). Sense of "method by which something is divided" arose in French and led to modern meaning.