What does device mean?

Definitions for device
dɪˈvaɪsde·vice

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

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"

GCIDE

  1. Device(n.)

    any artifactual object designed to perform an action or process, with or without an operator in attendance.

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. device(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. device(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. device(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  6. device(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  7. device(Noun)

    A spectacle or show.

    Etymology: 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.

  8. device(Noun)

    Opinion; decision.

    Etymology: 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.

  9. device(Noun)

    Power of devising; invention; contrivance.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  2. Device(noun)

    power of devising; invention; contrivance

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  4. Device(noun)

    improperly, an heraldic bearing

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  5. Device(noun)

    anything fancifully conceived

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  6. Device(noun)

    a spectacle or show

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

  7. Device(noun)

    opinion; decision

    Etymology: [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect's plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See Devise, v. t., and cf. Devise, n.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Device

    de-vīs′, n. that which is devised or designed: contrivance: power of devising: genius: (her.) the emblem borne upon a shield: a picture of some kind, with a motto illustrative of a man's life or character, borne by an individual rather than by a family.—adj. Device′ful (Spens.), full of devices. [O. Fr. devise. See Devise.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. device

    The emblem on a shield or standard.

Editors Contribution

  1. device

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, software, shapes, sizes and styles for a specific purpose according to the manufacturer design and instruction.

    The device was of great purpose as it was so necessary to have it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of device in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of device in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of device in a Sentence

  1. Lara Hussain:

    From an academic standpoint, we want our teachers to be familiar with the tools that students will be working on, if we're all familiar with a common device, that results in better outcomes for our students and reduces lost instruction time.

  2. Mia Lieberman:

    I don't think consumers should rely on a UV device that's commercially available to eradicate coronavirus on their phone, i don't think we have the data to know how much it helps.

  3. Ashley Gould:

    We need to understand this more, because no usage of our product by youth is acceptable to us, i can tell Ashley Gould certainly though, it was not designed to look like a USB device. It was not designed to be hid by kids.

  4. Brian Leary:

    Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device.

  5. Michael Wahl:

    I think from a medication safety standpoint you always have to have the lights on, read the bottle to confirm the medicine you want to take and use the correct measuring device, like a syringe that will say 5 ccs or 10 ccs as opposed to a teaspoon or tablespoon from the kitchen, it really doesn’t matter if it’s minoxidil (or another drug).

Images & Illustrations of device

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  • أداة, جهازArabic
  • прыстасава́нне, прыла́даBelarusian
  • девиз, устро́йство, прое́кт, план, приспособле́ниеBulgarian
  • dispositiu, mecanismeCatalan, Valencian
  • zařízeníCzech
  • Hilfsmittel, Vorrichtung, Emblem, Instrument, Einrichtung, Devise, Baustein, Gerät, Apparat, Marke, Kunstgriff, Motto, EinheitGerman
  • συσκευή, τέχνασμα, μεταφορά, έμβλημαGreek
  • aparato, intrigoEsperanto
  • mecanismo, dispositivoSpanish
  • افزارهPersian
  • tehokeino, tunnus, suunnitelma, juoni, laite, tunnusmerkkiFinnish
  • artifice, appareil, stratagème, ruse, manœuvre, dispositifFrench
  • cleasScottish Gaelic
  • aparelloGalician
  • מכשיר, מתקן, אמצעי רטוריHebrew
  • युक्तिHindi
  • eszköz, mód, készülék, szerkezet, gépezetHungarian
  • սարք, սարքավորումArmenian
  • alatIndonesian
  • inscrizione, procedimento, apparecchio, emblema, periferica, congegno, coccarda, dispositivo, mottoItalian
  • デバイス, 装置Japanese
  • მექანიზმიGeorgian
  • 장치Korean
  • nukaMāori
  • у́ред, девиза, фигу́ра, сре́дствоMacedonian
  • alat, perantiMalay
  • apparaat, toestelDutch
  • urządzenie, przyrządPolish
  • aparato, aparelho, dispositivoPortuguese
  • dispozitiv, element, componentă, aparat, unitate, piesăRomanian
  • зате́я, деви́з, прибо́р, уло́вка, дева́йс, эмбле́ма, план, приём, га́джет, прое́кт, приспособле́ние, фигу́ра, аппара́т, ма́рка, схе́ма, устро́йство, сре́дство, механи́змRussian
  • уређај, uređajSerbo-Croatian
  • zariadenieSlovak
  • napravaSlovene
  • redskap, retorisk figur, husgeråd, devis, apparat, knep, plan, föresatsSwedish
  • పరికరంTelugu
  • เครื่องThai
  • alet, cihaz, aygıtTurkish
  • пристрі́йUkrainian
  • 設備Chinese

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