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de·vice

 (dĭ-vīs′)
n.
1. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
2. A literary contrivance, such as parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect.
3.
a. A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery. See Synonyms at figure.
b. A graphic symbol or motto, especially in heraldry.
4. A plan or scheme for accomplishing something: "Now Lydgate might have called at the warehouse, or might have written a message on a leaf of his pocket-book and left it at the door. Yet these simple devices apparently did not occur to him" (George Eliot).
Idiom:
leave to (one's) own devices
1. To allow (someone) to do as he or she pleases: left the child to her own devices for an hour.
2. To force (someone) to cope or manage without assistance: Most people would die in the desert if left to their own devices.

[Middle English, from Old French devis, division, wish, and Old French devise, design, both from Latin dīvīsus, dīvīsa, past participle of dīvidere, to divide, separate; see divide.]

device

(dɪˈvaɪs)
n
1. (Tools) a machine or tool used for a specific task; contrivance
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) euphemistic a bomb
3. a plan or plot, esp a clever or evil one; scheme; trick
4. (Art Terms) any ornamental pattern or picture, as in embroidery
5. (Knitting & Sewing) any ornamental pattern or picture, as in embroidery
6. (Computer Science) a piece of computer hardware that is designed for a specific function
7. (Heraldry) a written, printed, or painted design or figure, used as a heraldic sign, emblem, trademark, etc
8. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a particular pattern of words, figures of speech, etc, used in literature to produce an effect on the reader
9. archaic the act or process of planning or devising
10. leave someone to his or her own devices to leave someone alone to do as he or she wishes
[C13: from Old French devis purpose, contrivance and devise difference, intention, from deviser to divide, control; see devise]

de•vice

(dɪˈvaɪs)

n.
1. a thing made for a particular purpose, esp. a mechanical, electric, or electronic invention or contrivance.
2. a plan, scheme, or procedure for effecting a purpose.
3. a crafty scheme; trick.
4. a word pattern, figure of speech, theatrical convention, etc., used in a literary or dramatic work to evoke a desired effect.
5. something elaborately or fancifully designed.
6. a representation or design used esp. as a heraldic charge or an emblem.
7. a motto; slogan.
8. Archaic. devising; invention.
Idioms:
leave to one's own devices, to allow (a person) to act according to desire or inclination.
[1375–1425; devis division, discourse and devise heraldic device, will; both < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīvīsa, feminine of dīvīsus, past participle of dīvidere to divide]

device

devise
1. 'device'

Device (/dɪvaɪs/) is a noun. A device is an object that has been made or built for a particular purpose, such as recording or measuring something.

...a device that could measure minute quantities of matter.
...an electronic device.
2. 'devise'

Devise (/dɪvaɪz/) is a verb. If you devise a plan, system, or machine, you have the idea for it and you work it out or design it.

The challenge was to devise a proposal that kept costs to a minimum.
Year by year we devise more precise instruments with which to observe the planets.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purposedevice - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
acoustic device - a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
adaptor, adapter - device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible
afterburner - a device injects fuel into a hot exhaust for extra thrust
agglomerator - a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls; "a sonic agglomerator"
aerofoil, airfoil, control surface, surface - a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
alarm system, warning device, alarm - a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
appliance, contraption, contrivance, gadget, gismo, gizmo, widget, convenience - a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
applicator, applier - a device for applying a substance
aspergill, aspersorium - a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water
robot pilot, automatic pilot, autopilot - a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course
bait, decoy, lure - something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
billiard marker - a device for keeping the score in a game of billiards
bird feeder, birdfeeder, feeder - an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds
blower - a device that produces a current of air
bootjack - has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots
breathalyser, breathalyzer - a device that measures chemicals (especially the alcohol content) in a person's expired breath
breathing apparatus, breathing device, breathing machine, ventilator - a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure
bubbler - any of various devices in which air or some other gas is bubbled through a liquid
fender, buffer - a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
catapult, launcher - a device that launches aircraft from a warship
battery charger, charger - a device for charging or recharging batteries
clip-on - a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips
comb - a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair
baby's dummy, teething ring, pacifier, comforter - device used for an infant to suck or bite on
conductor - a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
converter, convertor - a device for changing one substance or form or state into another
corer - a device for removing the core from apples
corrective, restorative - a device for treating injury or disease
crusher - a device that crushes something
cryptograph - a device for deciphering codes and ciphers
cutoff - a device that terminates the flow in a pipe
dampener, moistener - a device that dampens or moistens something; "he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"
damper, muffler - a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations
deflector - a device intended to turn aside the flow of something (water or air or smoke etc)
dental appliance - a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
depressor - a device used by physician to press a part down or aside
detector, sensing element, sensor - any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner
diestock - a device that holds the dies that cut external threads on metal cylinders
drive - (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
drop forge, drop hammer, drop press - device for making large forgings
elastic device - any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched
electrical device - a device that produces or is powered by electricity
2.device - something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
conceit - an artistic device or effect; "the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
3.device - any clever maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end
mnemonic - a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall
fast one, trick - a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
4.device - any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
seal, stamp - a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
5.device - an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield"
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
union - a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

device

noun
1. gadget, machine, tool, instrument, implement, invention, appliance, apparatus, gimmick, utensil, contraption, widget (informal), contrivance, waldo, gizmo or gismo (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) This device can measure minute quantities of matter.
2. ploy, scheme, strategy, plan, design, project, shift, trick, manoeuvre, stunt, dodge, expedient, ruse, artifice, gambit, stratagem, wile His actions are obviously a device to buy time.

device

noun
1. Something, as a machine, devised for a particular function:
2. Something invented:
3. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
4. An element or a component in a decorative composition:
Translations
أَدَاةجِهاز، أداه، آلَهخِطَّه، حيلَه
zařízenínástrojplánpřístrojtrik
anordningapparatmekanismeplanstrategi
laitesuunnitelmatehokeinotunnustunnusmerkki
naprava
eszközgépezetkészülékmódszerkezet
aîferî; kænskubragîtæki, útbúnaîur
装置
장치
ierīceplānsprojektstriks
naprava
anordning
อุปกรณ์
thiết bị

device

[dɪˈvaɪs] N
1. (= gadget) → aparato m; (= mechanism) → mecanismo m, dispositivo m; (= explosive) → artefacto m
nuclear deviceingenio m nuclear
2. (= scheme) → estratagema f, recurso m
to leave sb to his own devicesdejar a algn hacer lo que le dé la gana; (to solve problem) → dejar que algn se las arregle solo
3. (= emblem) → emblema m; (= motto) → lema m

device

[dɪˈvaɪs] n
(= means) → moyen m, expédient m
a device to do sth → un moyen de faire qch
(= piece of equipment) → dispositif m, appareil m
a device for doing sth → un appareil qui permet de faire qch
a device to do sth → un dispositif destiné à faire qch explosive device
to leave sb to their own devices (= leave alone) → laisser qn se débrouiller

device

n
(= gadget etc)Gerät nt; (= extra fitment)Vorrichtung f; (explosive) deviceSprengkörper m; nuclear deviceatomarer Sprengkörper; a rhetorical deviceein rhetorischer Kunstgriff
to leave somebody to his own devicesjdn sich (dat)selbst überlassen
(= emblem)Emblem nt; (= motto)Motto nt, → Devise f

device

[dɪˈvaɪs] n
a. (gadget) → congegno, dispositivo
b. (scheme) → stratagemma m
leave him to his own devices → lascia che si arrangi da solo
c. (also explosive device) → ordigno esplosivo

device

(diˈvais) noun
1. something made for a purpose, eg a tool or instrument. a device for opening cans.
2. a plan or system of doing something, sometimes involving trickery. This is a device for avoiding income tax.

device , unlike advice , can be used in the plural: ingenious devices .
devise is a verb: to devise a scheme .

device

أَدَاة zařízení anordning Gerät συσκευή dispositivo laite dispositif naprava dispositivo 装置 장치 apparaat innretning urządzenie dispositivo устройство anordning อุปกรณ์ araç thiết bị 器件

de·vice

n. dispositivo; mecanismo.
abduction ______ de abducción;
electronic ______ electrónico;
immobilization______ inmovilización.

device

n dispositivo, aparato; assistive — dispositivo de ayuda; bastón m, andador m, u otro dispositivo para asistir con las actividades de la vida cotidiana; assistive hearing — dispositivo or aparato de ayuda auditiva; intrauterine — (IUD) dispositivo intrauterino (DIU), aparato (fam); left ventricular assist — dispositivo de asistencia ventricular izquierda; safety — dispositivo de seguridad
References in classic literature ?
It was, however, easy to be seen, by the occasional gleams that shot across his swarthy visage, that it was only necessary to arouse his passions, in order to give full effect to the terrific device which he had adopted to intimidate his enemies.
Possibly, it was an instinctive device of her spirit to relieve itself by the exhibition of these phantasmagoric forms, from the cruel weight and hardness of the reality.
Old Captain Peleg, many years her chief-mate, before he commanded another vessel of his own, and now a retired seaman, and one of the principal owners of the Pequod, --this old Peleg, during the term of his chief-mateship, had built upon her original grotesqueness, and inlaid it, all over, with a quaintness both of material and device, unmatched by anything except it be Thorkill-Hake's carved buckler or bedstead.
Formerly these had been sold as "Number Three Grade," but later on some ingenious person had hit upon a new device, and now they would extract the bone, about which the bad part generally lay, and insert in the hole a white-hot iron.
The windows were hung with curtains of rose-colored and white muslin, the floor was spread with a matting which had been ordered in Paris, to a pattern of his own device, having round it a border of rose-buds and leaves, and a centre-piece with full-flown roses.
It is a common literary device with the great authors.
He wore a low-crowned, narrow-brimmed straw hat, with a broad blue ribbon around it which had a white anchor embroidered on it in front; nobby short-tailed coat, pantaloons, vest, all trim and neat and up with the fashion; red-striped stockings, very low-quarter patent-leather shoes, tied with black ribbon; blue ribbon around his neck, wide-open collar; tiny diamond studs; wrinkleless kids; projecting cuffs, fastened with large oxidized silver sleeve-buttons, bearing the device of a dog's face--English pug.
While it lasted, he got them in- terested in a new device.
Still, however, though every thing had not been accomplished by her ingenious device, she could not but flatter herself that it had been the occasion of much present enjoyment to both, and must be leading them forward to the great event.
For, the rooms, though a beautiful scene to look at, and adorned with every device of decoration that the taste and skill of the time could achieve, were, in truth, not a sound business; considered with any reference to the scarecrows in the rags and nightcaps elsewhere(and not so far off, either, but that the watching towers of Notre Dame, almost equidistant from the two extremes, could see them both), they would have been an exceedingly uncomfortable business--if that could have been anybody's business, at the house of Monseigneur.
a little nearer' than he used to be, always resorted to this same device before producing a single coin from his store; and that he endured unheard-of agonies in crawling out of bed alone, and taking it from that unlucky box.
It was covered with a scarlet cloth, which prevented the device from being seen.