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clever, cunning, ingeniousadjective
showing inventiveness and skill
"a clever gadget"; "the cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious solution to the problem"
Displaying genius or brilliance; tending to invent.
This fellow is ingenious; he fixed a problem I didn't even know I had.
Characterized by genius; cleverly done or contrived.
That is an ingenious model of the atom.
Witty; original; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious.
He sent me an ingenious reply for an email.
Etymology: From ingeniosus, from ingenium, from in + gignere, genere. Compare ingénieux; see also engine.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: ingenieux, Fr. ingeniosus, Latin.
'Tis a per'lous boy,
Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable:
He's all the mother's from the top to toe. William Shakespeare, R. III.
Our ingenious friend Cowley not only has employed much eloquence to persuade that truth in his preface, but has in one of his poems given a noble example of it. Boyle.
The king is mad: how stiff is my vile sense,
That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling
Of my huge sorrows; better I were distract. William Shakespeare.
possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic
proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc
witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply
Etymology: [L. ingeniosus, fr. ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: cf. F. ingnieux. See Engine.]
Ingenious is the English name for Einfach Genial, a German abstract strategy board game designed by Reiner Knizia under commission from Sophisticated Games and published in 2004 by Kosmos. Across most of Europe it is titled as the local translation of Ingenious or Simply Ingenious, the notable exception being Mensa Connections in the UK.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-jē′ni-us, adj. of good natural abilities: skilful in inventing: witty.—adv. Ingē′niously.—ns. Ingē′niousness, Ingenū′ity, power of ready invention: facility in combining ideas: curiousness in design; Ingē′nium, bent of mind. [L. ingeniosus—ingenium, mother-wit, from in, and gen, root of gignĕre, to beget.]
The numerical value of ingenious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of ingenious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of ingenious in a Sentence
We were awarded $100,000 by the United States African Development Fund and Power Africa for the ingenious innovation. It is this money that we are now using to upscale the solar project.
It was so exciting to observe such an ingenious and innovative way to access a food resource, we knew immediately that we had to systematically study this unique foraging behavior.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
The only sad thing for me was not being able to go further into other parts of Nigeria, it is such a vast country and obviously there are so many other states and interesting areas. I know many are facing different challenges and other opportunities, so it was a pity not being able to do that, but otherwise it's always marvellous coming here because people are so friendly. I'm always intrigued by the way so many of these young, for instance, are developing really interesting ideas that they can turn into businesses and things like that, helping to tackle some of the real issues we face, particularly around the environment and waste and goodness knows what else. Very ingenious characters.
It’s an interesting idea, it makes waiting (for the bus) less boring, it’s an ingenious way of giving a city a soccer atmosphere.
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- enginyósCatalan, Valencian
- ingeniös, genialGerman
- μεγαλοφυής, εφευρετικός, πολυμήχανος, δαιμόνιοςGreek
- دارای قوه ابتکارPersian
- nerokas, terävä, nokkelaFinnish
- seòlta, teòmaScottish Gaelic
- találékony, leleményesHungarian
- ingenieus, vernuftigDutch
- ingenios, genial, cu iscusință, iscusitRomanian
- нахо́дчивый, изобрета́тельный, хитроу́мный, оригина́льныйRussian
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