What does design mean?

Definitions for design
dɪˈzaɪnde·sign

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word design.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. design, designingnoun

    the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)

    "he contributed to the design of a new instrument"

  2. design, plannoun

    an arrangement scheme

    "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"

  3. blueprint, design, patternnoun

    something intended as a guide for making something else

    "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"

  4. design, pattern, figurenoun

    a decorative or artistic work

    "the coach had a design on the doors"

  5. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"

  6. designnoun

    a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something

    "the design of a building"

  7. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, designverb

    the creation of something in the mind

  8. plan, project, contrive, designverb

    make or work out a plan for; devise

    "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"

  9. designverb

    plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect

    "This room is not designed for work"

  10. designverb

    create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner

    "Chanel designed the famous suit"

  11. design, planverb

    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

    "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"

  12. designverb

    create designs

    "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"

  13. designverb

    conceive or fashion in the mind; invent

    "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"

  14. designverb

    intend or have as a purpose

    "She designed to go far in the world of business"

Wiktionary

  1. designnoun

    A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.

  2. designnoun

    A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.

  3. designnoun

    The composition of a work of art.

  4. designnoun

    Intention or plot.

  5. designnoun

    The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.

  6. designnoun

    The art of designing

    Danish design of furniture is world-famous.

  7. designverb

    To assign, appoint (something to someone); to designate.

  8. designverb

    To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Designnoun

    to draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw

  2. Designnoun

    to mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint

  3. Designnoun

    to create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a statue, or a cathedral

  4. Designnoun

    to intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to

  5. Designverb

    to form a design or designs; to plan

  6. Designnoun

    a preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan

  7. Designnoun

    a plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be expressed in a visible form or carried into action; intention; purpose; -- often used in a bad sense for evil intention or purpose; scheme; plot

  8. Designnoun

    specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design

  9. Designnoun

    the realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp., a work of decorative art considered as a new creation; conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design

  10. Designnoun

    the invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole

Freebase

  1. Design

    Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system. Design has different connotations in different fields. In some cases the direct construction of an object is also considered to be design. More formally design has been defined as follows. Another definition for design is a roadmap or a strategic approach for someone to achieve a unique expectation. It defines the specifications, plans, parameters, costs, activities, processes and how and what to do within legal, political, social, environmental, safety and economic constraints in achieving that objective. Here, a "specification" can be manifested as either a plan or a finished product, and "primitives" are the elements from which the design object is composed. With such a broad denotation, there is no universal language or unifying institution for designers of all disciplines. This allows for many differing philosophies and approaches toward the subject.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Design

    de-zīn′, or de-sīn′, v.t. to draw: to form a plan of: to contrive: to intend.—n. a drawing or sketch: a plan in outline: a plan or scheme formed in the mind: plot: intention.—adj. Design′able.—v.t. Des′ignāte, to mark out so as to make known: to show: to name.—ns. Designā′tion, a showing or pointing out: name: title; Des′ignātor.—adv. Design′edly, by design: intentionally.—n. Design′er, one who furnishes designs or patterns: a plotter.—adjs. Design′ful, full of design; Design′ing, artful: scheming: deceitful.—n. the art of making designs or patterns.—adj. Design′less.—n. Design′ment, the design or sketch of a work: (Shak.) intention, purpose, enterprise.—The argument from design, the argument for the existence of God derived from the evidences of design in creation. [Fr.,—L. designāre, -ātumde, and signum, a mark.]

Editors Contribution

  1. design

    To create with our imagination, soul, spirit, subconscious, conscience, consciousness, brain and mind.

    She loves to design things with all facet.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'design' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #803

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'design' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1857

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'design' in Nouns Frequency: #275

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'design' in Verbs Frequency: #192

Anagrams for design »

  1. deigns

  2. signed

  3. singed

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of design in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of design in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of design in a Sentence

  1. C.A.R. Hoare:

    There are two ways of constructing a software design One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.

  2. Artist Rebekah Nastav:

    I mean, I'll spend several months out of the year just doing nothing but working on this painting for this contest, and most of the years, for most of the artists in the contest, you don't--if you don't win, you lose, and it gets hard to take that time and time and time again. Some people enter for 20, 30 years without ever even coming close. i never get sick of painting them. There will be times where I'm about halfway through and I'm kind of sick of that particular painting because I just want it to be done, especially when it's still, like, in, sort of, the ugly stage because my favorite part is just doing the final touches where it actually looks nice. So there's times where I don't really feel like finishing it. But other than that, no, I never get tired of doing it, and I always look forward to picking my nextpainting for the next year and trying to decide how I want to design it.

  3. George Whitesides:

    That's what Virgin Galactic tourism customers want, to capture that whole experience [ using installed cameras ] was really a challenging but, I think, [ an ] effectively done design problem.

  4. John Dryden:

    The people have a right supremeTo make their kings, for Kings are made for them.All Empire is no more than Pow'r in Trust,Which when resum'd, can be no longer just.Successionm for the general good design'd,In its own wrong a Nation cannot bind.

  5. David Schmerler:

    This is the first successful test (of this type of missile) that we know of, one of the big takeaways is the missile's performance, which might give credit to their own design capability. It outperformed previous, copied missile designs, which means that their ballistic missile program is moving at an accelerating rate.

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Translations for design

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  • تخطيط, تصميم, التصميمArabic
  • ниәтBashkir
  • дизайн, шарка, конструкция, намерение, проектирам, десен, план, композиция, замислямBulgarian
  • dissenyar, dissenyCatalan, Valencian
  • návrh, designCzech
  • designDanish
  • Design, Entwurf, designen, Muster, Absicht, entwerfen, PlanGerman
  • σχεδιάζω, σχέδιοGreek
  • desegniEsperanto
  • intención, diseño, diseñar, modeloSpanish
  • طراحی, دیزاینPersian
  • malli, design, muotoilu, juoni, muotoilla, suunnitelma, suunnitella, kuvio, sommittelu, kuosiFinnish
  • plan, modèle, dessein, intention, conception, designFrench
  • rùnScottish Gaelic
  • עיצובHebrew
  • डिजाईनHindi
  • tervez, tervezésHungarian
  • designarInterlingua
  • DesainIndonesian
  • hönnun, hannaIcelandic
  • design, disegno, progettareItalian
  • לְעַצֵבHebrew
  • デザイン, 意図, 設計, 模様Japanese
  • ವಿನ್ಯಾಸKannada
  • 디자인, 設計, 설계Korean
  • consiliumLatin
  • hoahoaMāori
  • disinn, iddisinnjaMaltese
  • dessin, vormgeving, ontwerpDutch
  • designNorwegian
  • naʼashchʼąąʼNavajo, Navaho
  • wzornictwo, plan, zamiar, wzór, motyw, krój, dizajn, kompozycja, projekt, zamysł, projektować, designPolish
  • intenção, desenho, projetar, projeto, design, desenharPortuguese
  • proiectaRomanian
  • конструкция, замысел, дизайн, композиция, умысел, узор, план, образец, внешний вид, модель, намерение, экстерьер, проектRussian
  • mustra, узорак, дизајн, нацрт, мустра, план, nakana, dizajn, plan, интенција, накана, intencija, uzorak, nacrtSerbo-Croatian
  • design, utforma, designaSwedish
  • வடிவமைப்புTamil
  • రూపకల్పనTelugu
  • kompozisyon, tasarım, niyet, tasarlamak, dizayn, desen, bileşimTurkish
  • ڈیزائنUrdu
  • thiết kếVietnamese
  • 设计Chinese

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