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 ...

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:

    It is my hope to be able to prove that television is the greatest step forward we have yet made in the preservation of humanity. It will make of this Earth the paradise we have all envisioned, but have never seen.
    —Joseph O’Donnell. Clifford Sanforth. Professor James Houghland, Murder by Television, just before he demonstrates his new television device (1935)

    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)

    The man who pretends that the distribution of income in this country reflects the distribution of ability or character is an ignoramus. The man who says that it could by any possible political device be made to do so is an unpractical visionary. But the man who says that it ought to do so is something worse than an ignoramous and more disastrous than a visionary: he is, in the profoundest Scriptural sense of the word, a fool.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)