What is invention?

  • (noun): The act of inventing.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Invention

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field.

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Invention in The Arts - List of Artistic Inventors
... Other artists, designers and architects who are or were inventors include Filippo Brunelleschi Le Corbusier Naum Gabo Frederick Hart, Charles Eames, Louis Comfort Tiffany John La Farge Buckminster Fuller Walt Disney Man Ray Yves Klein Henry N ... Cobb I ...
Maria Christina Bruhn
... The men of the Academy expressed deep scepticism against the invention of a woman, and it took twelve years of testing, during which she had to fight among ... Her invention was long used within the Swedish army ...
Lancelot De Mole - De Mole's Formal Claim - Commission's Rejection
... for having made and reduced to practical shape as far back as the year 1912 a very brilliant invention which anticipated and in some respects surpassed that actually put ... It was this claimant's misfortune and not his fault that his invention was in advance of his time, and failed to he appreciated and was put aside because the occasion for its use ... that a claimant must show a causal connexion between the making of his invention and the user of any similar invention by the Government ...
Lancelot De Mole - De Mole's Formal Claim - Royal Commission On Awards To Inventors
... persons (10 individuals, including de Mole, and one pair) relating to the invention of tanks, delivered its findings and recommendations on 27 November 1919 ... The Commission's Report announced that "in estimating the value of the invention of the Tanks for the purpose of recommendations, we have taken into account not merely the precise ... not taken into account any special or exceptional inventions which may subsequently have been applied and have resulted in substantial extra utility" ...
Slot-waveguide - Invention
... Since these pioneering works, several guided-wave configurations based on the slot-waveguide concept have been proposed and demonstrated ... Relevant examples are the following In 2005, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology proposed to use multiple slot regions in the same guided-wave structure (multi-slot waveguide) in order to increase the optical field in the low-refractive-index regions ...

More definitions of "invention":

  • (noun): A creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation.
    Synonyms: innovation

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