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. devicenoun

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

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

  2. devicenoun

    something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

  3. device, gimmick, twistnoun

    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. devicenoun

    any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

  5. devicenoun

    an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)

    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

GCIDE

  1. Devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Devicenoun

    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. Ryan Archdeacon:

    Instant Blood Pressure is not a medical device and is not intended to diagnose disease, including hypertension.

  2. Thomas Husson:

    The Mate X clearly shows that Huawei is a technology innovation leader, the new device has nothing to envy to Samsung's latest Galaxy Fold announcement.

  3. Richard Aylmer-Hall:

    Hall said he didn't believe anyone was injured by the actual device. Investigators search next to a train at Parsons Green station in London. (Reuters) It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road. I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.

  4. Alphabet Inc Google:

    They should not use permissions that give access to user or device data for undisclosed, unimplemented, or disallowed features or purposes.

  5. Danielle Gregoire:

    Right now, kids don't smoke, it's not cool, it's not socially acceptable. But they've been led to believe that this device they've been handed is safe, when that's the furthest thing from the truth.

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Translations for 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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