contrivance


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con·triv·ance

 (kən-trī′vəns)
n.
1.
a. The act of contriving.
b. The state of being contrived.
2. Something contrived, as a mechanical device or a clever plan.

contrivance

(kənˈtraɪvəns)
n
1. something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
2. the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
3. an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
4. an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem

con•triv•ance

(kənˈtraɪ vəns)

n.
1. something contrived, esp. a mechanical device.
2. the act, manner, or faculty of contriving.
3. a plan or scheme; expedient.
[1620–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrivance - a device or control that is very useful for a particular jobcontrivance - a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
gadgetry - appliances collectively; "laborsaving gadgetry"
gimbal - an appliance that allows an object (such as a ship's compass) to remain horizontal even as its support tips
injector - a contrivance for injecting (e.g., water into the boiler of a steam engine or particles into an accelerator etc.)
mod con - modern convenience; the appliances and conveniences characteristic of a modern house
2.contrivance - the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"
invention, excogitation, innovation, conception, design - the creation of something in the mind
3.contrivance - an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
plant - something planted secretly for discovery by another; "the police used a plant to trick the thieves"; "he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant"
pump-and-dump scheme - an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises
wangle, wangling - an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
4.contrivance - an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
organization, arrangement, organisation, system - an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"
5.contrivance - any improvised arrangement for temporary use
temporary hookup, patch - a connection intended to be used for a limited time
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
6.contrivance - the act of devising something
invention - the act of inventing

contrivance

noun
1. device, machine, equipment, gear, instrument, implement, mechanism, invention, appliance, apparatus, gadget, contraption They wear simple clothes and shun modern contrivances.
2. stratagem, plan, design, measure, scheme, trick, plot, dodge, expedient, ruse, artifice, machination It is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.

contrivance

noun
1. Something, as a machine, devised for a particular function:
2. A small specialized mechanical device:
Informal: doodad, doohickey, widget.
Slang: gizmo.
3. Something invented:
Translations
إخْتِراع، جِهاز آليحيلَه، تَدبير، إبْتِكار
důvtipvynálezvynalézavost
fiduskunstgrebkunstigt påfundpåfund
feltalálás
hugvitsemiuppfinning
aygıtbecermebulmaicat

contrivance

[kənˈtraɪvəns] N (= machine, device) → artilugio m, aparato m; (= invention) → invención f, invento m; (= stratagem) → estratagema f

contrivance

[kənˈtraɪvəns] n
(= scheme) → machination f, combinaison f
(= device) → appareil m, dispositif m
(= artificiality) [book, play, plot] → caractère m artificiel

contrivance

n
(= device)Vorrichtung f; (mechanical) → Gerät nt, → Apparat m
(= devising, scheming)Planung f; (= invention)Erfindung f; (= inventiveness)Findigkeit f, → Erfindungsgabe f; a plan of his contrivanceein seinem Kopf entstammender Plan; a device of his contrivanceein von ihm erfundenes Gerät
(= plan, scheme)List f

contrivance

[kənˈtraɪvns] n (machine, device) → congegno; (scheme) → espediente m, stratagemma m

contrive

(kənˈtraiv) verb
1. to manage (to do something). He contrived to remove the money from her bag.
2. to make in a clever way. He contrived a tent from an old sack.
conˈtrivance noun
1. the act of contriving.
2. something contrived (especially something mechanical). a contrivance for making the door open automatically.
References in classic literature ?
In the course of the forenoon, Hepzibah heard a note of music, which (there being no other tuneful contrivance in the House of the Seven Gables) she knew must proceed from Alice Pyncheon's harpsichord.
With his florid cheek, his compact figure smartly arrayed in a bright-buttoned blue coat, his brisk and vigorous step, and his hale and hearty aspect, altogether he seemed -- not young, indeed -- but a kind of new contrivance of Mother Nature in the shape of man, whom age and infirmity had no business to touch.
The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany color, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste.
And yet, by ingenious contrivance, this gilded minority, in- stead of being in the tail of the procession where it be- longed, was marching head up and banners flying, at the other end of it; had elected itself to be the Nation, and these innumerable clams had permitted it so long that they had come at last to accept it as a truth; and not only that, but to believe it right and as it should be.
He wished the road might be impassable, that he might be able to keep them all at Randalls; and with the utmost goodwill was sure that accommodation might be found for every body, calling on his wife to agree with him, that with a little contrivance, every body might be lodged, which she hardly knew how to do, from the consciousness of there being but two spare rooms in the house.
That the hair was her own, she instantaneously felt as well satisfied as Marianne; the only difference in their conclusions was, that what Marianne considered as a free gift from her sister, Elinor was conscious must have been procured by some theft or contrivance unknown to herself.
It was protected from the weather by an ingenious little tarpaulin contrivance in the nature of an umbrella.
As the two Miss Lammeters walked into the large parlour together, any one who did not know the character of both might certainly have supposed that the reason why the square-shouldered, clumsy, high-featured Priscilla wore a dress the facsimile of her pretty sister's, was either the mistaken vanity of the one, or the malicious contrivance of the other in order to set off her own rare beauty.
Tis but a contrivance to gain time,'' said Locksley; ``they dare not do a deed for which I could exact a fearful penalty.
By this contrivance I got into the inmost court; and, lying down upon my side, I applied my face to the windows of the middle stories, which were left open on purpose, and discovered the most splendid afments that can be imagined.
Nothing can be more curious than to see the channels and aqueducts that nature has formed in this hard rock, so exact and of such admirable contrivance, that they seem to be the work of men.
Plainly, whatever of convenience there might be in this new contrivance was far outweighed by the loss of personal dignity; and very few men had sufficient imagination to picture the telephone as a part of the machinery of their daily work.