What is device?

  • (noun): Any clever (deceptive) maneuver.
    Example: "He would stoop to any device to win a point"
    Synonyms: gimmick, twist
    See also — Additional definitions below


Device is usually a constructed tool, but may refer more specifically to:

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... or logo, in printing or in law Personal device, in heraldry used to distinguish the bearer it differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not ...

More definitions of "device":

  • (noun): Any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery).
  • (noun): An instrumentality invented for a particular purpose.
    Example: "The device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
  • (noun): An emblematic design (especially in heraldry).
    Example: "He was recognized by the device on his shield"
  • (noun): Something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect.

Famous quotes containing the word device:

    Irony, forsooth! Guard yourself, Engineer, from the sort of irony that thrives up here; guard yourself altogether from taking on their mental attitude! Where irony is not a direct and classic device of oratory, not for a moment equivocal to a healthy mind, it makes for depravity, it becomes a drawback to civilization, an unclean traffic with the forces of reaction, vice and materialism.
    Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

    Johnson did not answer ...; but talking for victory and determined to be master of the field, he had recourse to the device which Goldsmith imputed to him in the witty words of one of Cibber’s comedies. “There is no arguing with Johnson; for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)

    A bracelet of bright hair about the bone,
    Will he not let us alone,
    And think that there a loving couple lies
    Who thought that this device might be some way
    To make their souls, at the last busy day,
    Meet at this grave, and make a little stay?
    John Donne (1572–1631)