What is device?

  • (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"
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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More definitions of "device":

  • (noun): Any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery).
  • (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 clever (deceptive) maneuver.
    Example: "He would stoop to any device to win a point"
    Synonyms: gimmick, twist

Famous quotes containing the word device:

    Syntax is the study of the principles and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages. Syntactic investigation of a given language has as its goal the construction of a grammar that can be viewed as a device of some sort for producing the sentences of the language under analysis.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)

    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)

    UG [universal grammar] may be regarded as a characterization of the genetically determined language faculty. One may think of this faculty as a ‘language acquisition device,’ an innate component of the human mind that yields a particular language through interaction with present experience, a device that converts experience into a system of knowledge attained: knowledge of one or another language.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)