What does invention mean?

Definitions for invention
ɪnˈvɛn ʃənin·ven·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, designnoun

    the creation of something in the mind

  2. invention, innovationnoun

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

  3. inventionnoun

    the act of inventing

GCIDE

  1. Inventionnoun

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. inventionnoun

    Something invented.

  2. inventionnoun

    The act of inventing.

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

  3. inventionnoun

    The capacity to invent.

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

  4. inventionnoun

    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. inventionnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inventionnoun

    Etymology: invention, French; inventio, Latin.

    O for a muse of fire, that would ascend
    The brightest heaven of invention! William Shakespeare, H. V. Prol.

    By improving what was writ before,
    Invention labours less, but judgment more. Wentworth Dillon.

    Invention is a kind of muse, which, being possessed of the other advantages common to her sisters, and being warmed by the fire of Apollo, is raised higher than the rest. Dryden.

    The chief excellence of Virgil is judgment, of is invention. Alexander Pope.

    Nature hath provided several glandules to separate this juice from the blood, and no less than four pair of channels to convey it into the mouth, which are of a late invention, and called ductus salivales. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Mine is th' invention of the charming lyre;
    Sweet notes and heav'nly numbers I inspire. Dryden.

    We hear our bloody cousins, not confessing
    Their cruel parricide, filling their hearers
    With strange invention. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    If thou can'st accuse,
    Do it without invention suddenly. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The garden, a place not fairer in natural ornaments than artificial inventions. Philip Sidney.

    Th' invention all admir'd; and each how he
    To be th' inventor miss'd, so easy it seem'd
    Once found, which yet unfound most would have thought
    Impossible. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

Wikipedia

  1. Invention

    An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition, idea or process. An invention may be an improvement upon a machine, product, or process for increasing efficiency or lowering cost. It may also be an entirely new concept. If an idea is unique enough either as a stand alone invention or as a significant improvement over the work of others, it can be patented. A patent, if granted, gives the inventor a proprietary interest in the patent over a specific period of time, which can be licensed for financial gain. An inventor creates or discovers an invention. The word inventor comes from the Latin verb invenire, invent-, to find. Although inventing is closely associated with science and engineering, inventors are not necessarily engineers or scientists. Due to advances in artificial intelligence, the term "inventor" no longer exclusively applies to an occupation (see human computers).Some inventions can be patented. The system of patents was established to encourage inventors by granting limited-term, limited monopoly on inventions determined to be sufficiently novel, non-obvious, and useful. 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 by 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. The Institute for Social Inventions collected many such ideas in magazines and books. Invention is also an important component of artistic and design creativity. Inventions often extend the boundaries of human knowledge, experience or capability.

ChatGPT

  1. invention

    An invention is a creation or discovery of a new product, process, or concept that is unique and has potential practical, societal, or technological value. It often involves novelty and improves on existing ideas, methods, or devices. Inventions typically result from creativity, ingenuity, or technological research and can be protected legally through patents.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inventionnoun

    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

  2. Inventionnoun

    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

  3. Inventionnoun

    thought; idea

  4. Inventionnoun

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

  5. Inventionnoun

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

  6. Inventionnoun

    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

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

Wikidata

  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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Numerology

  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. Ahmed Mohamed:

    They took me to a room filled with five officers, they interrogated me, and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention.

  2. Oliver Sacks:

    Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes.

  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. Susanne Langer:

    In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

  5. Avery Hairston:

    There’s this romantic element to Detroit, rooted in history of invention and entrepreneurship. The fact that it’s partially abandoned now adds an element of ‘wild wild west’ mystic, it’s hard to understand a city like this if you only read about it in the news.

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