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device

[dih-vahys] /dɪˈvaɪs/
noun
1.
a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
2.
a plan or scheme for effecting a purpose.
3.
a crafty scheme; trick.
4.
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.
5.
a mobile device: Students may not bring devices into the secure testing center.
Don't leave your devices in a hot car.
6.
something elaborately or fancifully designed.
7.
a representation or design used as a heraldic charge or as an emblem, badge, trademark, or the like.
8.
a motto.
9.
Archaic. devising; invention.
Origin of device
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
deviceful, adjective
devicefully, adverb
devicefulness, noun
Can be confused
device, devise.
Synonyms
1. gadget. 2. project, design. 3. wile, ruse, artifice, stratagem, maneuver. 8. slogan, legend.
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  • You see, he had broken into my workshop, destroyed some devices I was working on and stole a lot of my tools.

  • She had been left completely, to her own devices when she was not wanted about the house.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • After being roughly introduced to several of the retainers as a new comrade, Oswald was left to follow his own devices.

    Both Sides the Border G. A. Henty
  • Two devices by which they may be made to stay in the hat are here shown.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • And they have adopted the devices of these three animals as the general Totemic types and bond of their separation into clans.

British Dictionary definitions for devices

device

/dɪˈvaɪs/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: from Old French devis purpose, contrivance and devise difference, intention, from deviser to divide, control; see devise
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Word Origin and History for devices

device

n.

late 13c., from Old French devis "division, separation, disposition, wish, desire; coat of arms, emblem; last will," from deviser "to divide, distribute" (see devise). Sense of "method by which something is divided" arose in French and led to modern meaning.

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devices in Medicine

device de·vice (dĭ-vīs')
n.
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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Idioms and Phrases with devices
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