Definitions for DEVICEdɪˈvaɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a thing made for a particular purpose, esp. a mechanical, electric, or electronic invention or contrivance.

  2. a plan, scheme, or procedure for effecting a purpose.

  3. a crafty scheme; trick.

  4. a word pattern, figure of speech, theatrical convention, etc., used in a literary or dramatic work to evoke a desired effect.

    Category: Literature

  5. something elaborately or fancifully designed.

  6. a representation or design used esp. as a heraldic charge or an emblem.

    Category: Heraldry

  7. a motto; slogan.

  8. Archaic. devising; invention.

Idioms for device:

  1. leave to one's own devices,to allow (a person) to act according to desire or inclination.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of device:

1375–1425; devis division, discourse and devise heraldic device, will; both < AF, OF < L dīvīsa, fem. of dīvīsus, ptp. of dīvidere to divide

Princeton's WordNet

  1. device(noun)

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

    "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"

  2. device(noun)

    something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

  3. device, gimmick, twist(noun)

    any clever maneuver

    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"

  4. device(noun)

    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

  5. device(noun)

    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)

    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. device(noun)ɪˈvaɪs

    a small piece of equipment

    a digital device for people with hearing difficulties; a device that keeps wine fresh


  1. device(Noun)

    Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

    There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.

  2. device(Noun)

    A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.

  3. device(Noun)

    A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.

  4. device(Noun)

    A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.

  5. device(Noun)

    An image used in whole or in part as a trademark or service mark.

  6. device(Noun)

    An image or logo denoting official or proprietary authority or provenience.

  7. device(Noun)

    A spectacle or show.

  8. device(Noun)

    Opinion; decision.

  9. device(Noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

  10. Origin: devis, from divisus, past participle of dividere, thus originally, when goods were being divided among people, a mark put on each item to say who was getting what.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Device(noun)

    that which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice

  2. Device(noun)

    power of devising; invention; contrivance

  3. Device(noun)

    an emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See Cognizance

  4. Device(noun)

    improperly, an heraldic bearing

  5. Device(noun)

    anything fancifully conceived

  6. Device(noun)

    a spectacle or show

  7. Device(noun)

    opinion; decision


  1. Device

    Device was a short-lived American pop-rock trio formed by keyboardist, bassist and vocalist Holly Knight, vocalist Paul Engemann and guitarist Gene Black. Device's only album, 22B3, was released in the spring of 1986. It produced a Top 40 single in the U.S. with "Hanging on a Heart Attack," which peaked at #35 on the Hot 100. The band's second single, "Who Says," peaked at #79. Both of these songs were promoted by music videos which garnered MTV rotation, and both were released as 12" singles with remix and dub versions which received club play. A third single, "When Love is Good" was released, while the album peaked at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Mike Chapman produced the album.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEVICE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3361

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEVICE' in Nouns Frequency: #912

Translations for DEVICE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something made for a purpose, eg a tool or instrument

a device for opening cans.

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