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device

Noun

1 an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
2 something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
3 any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point" [syn: gimmick, twist]
4 any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
5 an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
    There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.
  2. A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
    His device is against Babylon, to destroy it. --Jer. li. 11.
    Their recent device of demanding benevolences. --Hallam.
    He disappointeth the devices of the crafty. --Job v. 12.
  3. A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.
  4. A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
  5. An image used in whole or part as a trademark or service mark.
  6. A spectacle or show.
  7. Opinion; decision.
  8. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
    I must have instruments of my own device. --Landor.
piece of equipment
  • Czech: zařízení
  • Finnish: laite
  • German: Gerät, Apparat, Einheit, Instrument, Baustein, Vorrichtung, Einrichtung, Hilfsmittel
project or scheme
  • Finnish: suunnitelma, juoni
  • German: Instrument, Kunstgriff, Vorrichtung, Einrichtung, Hilfsmittel
rhetorical device
  • Finnish: tehokeino
  • German: Hilfsmittel
heraldry: personal motto or emblem
  • Finnish: tunnus
  • German: Motto, Emblem, Devise
law: image used in whole or part as a trademark or service mark
  • Finnish: tunnusmerkki
  • German: Emblem, Marke
obsolete: spectacle or show
obsolete: opinion; decision
obsolete: power of devising

Extensive Definition

Device may refer to:

Computing and electronics

Other uses

See also

device in Catalan: Dispositiu
device in Czech: Zařízení
device in Estonian: Seade
device in Spanish: Dispositivo
device in Korean: 장치
device in Indonesian: Peranti
device in Italian: Dispositivo
device in Japanese: デバイス
device in Russian: Устройство
device in Simple English: Device

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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