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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... Logotype, 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 house ...

More definitions of "device":

  • (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.
  • (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"

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)

    Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
    Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914)

    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)