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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.
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.
|Noun||1.||device - 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
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
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
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
conductor - a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, prophylactic device, preventative, preventive - an agent or device intended to prevent conception
corer - a device for removing the core from apples
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
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"|
mnemonic - a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall
|4.||device - any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)|
|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
nuclear device → ingenio m nuclear
to leave sb to his own devices → dejar a algn hacer lo que le dé la gana; (to solve problem) → dejar que algn se las arregle solo
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
devise is a verb: to devise a scheme .