What does invention mean?

Definitions for invention
ɪnˈvɛn ʃənin·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design(noun)

    the creation of something in the mind

  2. invention, innovation(noun)

    a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study and experimentation

  3. invention(noun)

    the act of inventing

GCIDE

  1. Invention(n.)

    That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention; she patented five inventions.

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

Wiktionary

  1. invention(Noun)

    Something invented.

  2. invention(Noun)

    The act of inventing.

    The invention of the printing press was probably the most significant innovation of the medieval ages.

  3. invention(Noun)

    The capacity to invent.

    It took quite a bit of invention to come up with a plan, but we did it.

  4. invention(Noun)

    A small, self-contained composition, particularly those in J.S. Bach's Two- and Three-part Inventions.

    I particularly like the inventions in C-minor.

  5. invention(Noun)

    The act of discovering or finding; the act of finding out; discovery.

    That judicial method which serveth best for the invention of truth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Invention(noun)

    the act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

  2. Invention(noun)

    that which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

  3. Invention(noun)

    thought; idea

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

  4. Invention(noun)

    a fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

  5. Invention(noun)

    the faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

  6. Invention(noun)

    the exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts

    Etymology: [L. inventio: cf. F. invention. See Invent.]

Freebase

  1. Invention

    An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. Some inventions can be patented. A Patent legally protects the intellectual property rights of the inventor and legally recognizes that a claimed invention is actually an invention. The rules and requirements for patenting an invention vary from country to country, and the process of obtaining a patent is often expensive. Another meaning of invention is cultural invention, which is an innovative set of useful social behaviours adopted by people and passed on to others. Invention is also an important component of artistic and design creativity. Inventions often extend the boundaries of human knowledge, experience or capability.

Editors Contribution

  1. invention

    To create or design a just and fair item for the shared prosperity of every human being, animal or ecology system.

    The invention was created efficiently as we needed it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'invention' in Nouns Frequency: #2530

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of invention in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of invention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of invention in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hear the phrases like "Universe is telling me with signs" or "karma is calling" or "kismet making connection" or "serendipity" or "chance" or"coincidence" and so on, whenever people refer to an unexpected life-changing event or a major scientific breakthrough that happened as an unintended consequence of otherwise normal course of actions. As a Scientist, I do think that any new invention doesn't happen by chance alone, as it may appear at the outset. Deeper analysis always reveals that any notable invention is almost alwaysa result of the synergistic meeting of statistical probability with well planned strategy, i. e. it's a combination of uncertainty with certainty that occurs at right time in right place. As Louis Pasteur said it 'Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.' meaning 'In the field of observations, chance favors theprepared mind.' So, keep your mind alert and well prepared at all times, because you never know when Serendipity would visit you, or when Universe would tap on your shoulder to give you the signs. Only your prepared mind would enable you to welcome wonderful Serendipity and understand the subtle signs sent to you by Universe.

  2. Maya Kumar:

    The invention of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain [ that supports it ] has allowed us all to reimagine money, we are seeing a new parallel financial system being built in real time.

  3. Northrop Frye:

    In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hear the phrases like "Universe sending messages" or "Serendipity" whenever people describe an unexpected life-changing event, or an invention that happened unexpectedly as a totally unintended consequence of otherwise normal course of actions. As a Scientist, I do think that no new invention happens by either best design of experiments or coincidental chance taken alone. A deeper analysis always reveals that any notable invention is often the result of a synergistic meeting of statistical probability with well planned strategy, i. e. it's a combination of uncertainty with certainty that occurs at right time in right place. As Louis Pasteur said it correctly, Chance always favors only the prepared mind. So in my view, you must keep your mind alert, sharp and well prepared at all times while working on your goals, because you never know when Serendipity would visit you, or when Universe would tap on your shoulder to give you the serendipitous signs. Only your prepared mind would enable you to welcome wonderful Serendipity in your life, and understand the subtle signs sent to you by Universe.

  5. Agatha Christie:

    I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

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