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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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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.
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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:
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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
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contrivance

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

[kənˈtraɪvns] n (machine, device) → congegno; (scheme) → espediente m, stratagemma m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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The partnership with Jonathan Burge was not to be thought of at present--there were things implicitly tacked to it that he could not accept; but Adam thought that he and Seth might carry on a little business for themselves in addition to their journeyman's work, by buying a small stock of superior wood and making articles of household furniture, for which Adam had no end of contrivances. Seth might gain more by working at separate jobs under Adam's direction than by his journeyman's work, and Adam, in his overhours, could do all the "nice" work that required peculiar skill.
"Sir," said Captain Nemo, showing me the instruments hanging on the walls of his room, "here are the contrivances required for the navigation of the Nautilus.
The second handling-machine was now completed, and was busied in serving one of the novel contrivances the big machine had brought.
An anchor of yesterday (because nowadays there are contrivances like mushrooms and things like claws, of no particular expression or shape - just hooks) - an anchor of yesterday is in its way a most efficient instrument.
And at last I got her, though I forget by which of many contrivances. What I recall vividly is a key-hole view, to which another member of the family invited me.
She wondered as she regarded some of the grizzled women in the room, mere mechanical contrivances sewing seams and grinding out, with heads bended over their work, tales of imagined or real girlhood happiness, past drunks, the baby at home, and unpaid wages.
As every one knows, these same hogs' bristles, fins, whiskers, blinds, or whatever you please, furnish to the ladies their busks and other stiffening contrivances. But in this particular, the demand has long been on the decline.
When the stamens of a flower suddenly spring towards the pistil, or slowly move one after the other towards it, the contrivance seems adapted solely to ensure self-fertilisation; and no doubt it is useful for this end: but, the agency of insects is often required to cause the stamens to spring forward, as Kolreuter has shown to be the case with the barberry; and curiously in this very genus, which seems to have a special contrivance for self-fertilisation, it is well known that if very closely-allied forms or varieties are planted near each other, it is hardly possible to raise pure seedlings, so largely do they naturally cross.
He was a young man of much mental activity, and, above all, gifted with a spirit of contrivance; but then, his faculties would not tell with great effect in any other medium than that of candied sugars, conserves, and pastry.
Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study." He then led me to the frame, about the sides, whereof all his pupils stood in ranks.
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.
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.