What is invention?

  • (noun): The act of inventing.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Invention

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field.

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Some articles on invention:

Maria Christina Bruhn
... Academy expressed deep scepticism against the invention of a woman, and it took twelve years of testing, during which she had to fight among others the attempts of Anrep, General of the Artillery, to take ... Her invention was long used within the Swedish army ...
Invention in The Arts - List of Artistic Inventors
... Other artists, designers and architects who are or were inventors include Filippo Brunelleschi Le Corbusier Naum Gabo Frederick Hart, Charles Eames, Louis Comfort Tiffany John La Farge Buckminster Fuller Walt Disney Man Ray Yves Klein Henry N ... Cobb I ...
Slot-waveguide - Invention
... Since these pioneering works, several guided-wave configurations based on the slot-waveguide concept have been proposed and demonstrated ... Relevant examples are the following In 2005, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology proposed to use multiple slot regions in the same guided-wave structure (multi-slot waveguide) in order to increase the optical field in the low-refractive-index regions ...
Lancelot De Mole - De Mole's Formal Claim - Commission's Rejection
... for having made and reduced to practical shape as far back as the year 1912 a very brilliant invention which anticipated and in some respects surpassed that actually put into use in the year 1916 ... this claimant's misfortune and not his fault that his invention was in advance of his time, and failed to he appreciated and was put aside because the occasion for its use had ... in such cases as these that a claimant must show a causal connexion between the making of his invention and the user of any similar invention by the Government ...
Lancelot De Mole - De Mole's Formal Claim - Royal Commission On Awards To Inventors
... claims of twelve persons (10 individuals, including de Mole, and one pair) relating to the invention of tanks, delivered its findings and recommendations ... The Commission's Report announced that "in estimating the value of the invention of the Tanks for the purpose of recommendations, we have taken into account not ... this, however, the Report continued, "we have not taken into account any special or exceptional inventions which may subsequently have been applied and have resulted in substantial extra utility" ...

More definitions of "invention":

  • (noun): A creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation.
    Synonyms: innovation

Famous quotes containing the word invention:

    We have much studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour; only we give it a false name. It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men.
    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    The public values the invention more than the inventor does. The inventor knows there is much more and better where this came from.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The real writer is one
    who really writes. Talent
    is an invention like phlogiston
    after the fact of fire.
    Work is its own cure. You have to
    like it better than being loved.
    Marge Piercy (b. 1936)