from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of contriving.
- n. The state of being contrived.
- n. Something contrived, as a mechanical device or a clever plan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task
- n. a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
- n. something overly artful or artificial
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.
- n. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning the disposition or combination of things or acts, for a particular purpose.
- n. The thing contrived, planned, or invented; a device, especially a mechanical one; an artifice; a scheme; a stratagem.
- n. Synonyms 2. Plan, invention, design; machination, stratagem; Device, Shift, etc. See expedient, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
- n. an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
- n. any improvised arrangement for temporary use
- n. the faculty of contriving; inventive skill
- n. the act of devising something
- n. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
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