a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
a plan or scheme for effecting a purpose.
a crafty scheme; trick.
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.
something elaborately or fancifully designed.
a representation or design used as a heraldic charge or as an emblem, badge, trademark, or the like.
a motto.
Archaic. devising; invention.

1375–1425; blend of late Middle English devis division, discourse and devise heraldic device, will; both < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīvīsa, feminine of dīvīsus; see division

deviceful, adjective
devicefully, adverb
devicefulness, noun

device, devise.

1. gadget. 2. project, design. 3. wile, ruse, artifice, stratagem, maneuver. 7. slogan, legend. Unabridged
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device (dɪˈvaɪs)
1.  a machine or tool used for a specific task; contrivance
2.  euphemistic a bomb
3.  a plan or plot, esp a clever or evil one; scheme; trick
4.  any ornamental pattern or picture, as in embroidery
5.  computer hardware that is designed for a specific function
6.  a written, printed, or painted design or figure, used as a heraldic sign, emblem, trademark, etc
7.  a particular pattern of words, figures of speech, etc, used in literature to produce an effect on the reader
8.  archaic the act or process of planning or devising
9.  leave someone to his own devices to leave someone alone to do as he wishes
[C13: from Old French devis purpose, contrivance and devise difference, intention, from deviser to divide, control; see devise]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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device de·vice (dĭ-vīs')
A contrivance or an invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.

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