What does invention mean?

Definitions for invention
ɪnˈvɛn ʃənin·ven·tion

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

  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

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

  3. Inventionnoun

    thought; idea

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

  4. Inventionnoun

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

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

  5. Inventionnoun

    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. 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

    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

How to pronounce invention?

How to say invention in sign language?

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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Il ya environ 140+ ans, le 20 mai 1873, le brevet nous 139,121 couvrant l'invention des «jeans» a été délivré à deux inventeurs américains, Jacob Davis et Levi Strauss. La plupart des inventeurs, encore aujourd'hui, souhaitent secrètement qu'ils avaient inventé les jeans, en raison de la beauté et de la grâce, couplé avec simplicité et confort, que les jeans bleus ont créé dans notre monde. I aime porter des jeans casual wear que pendant les week-ends. Je pense aussi que chaque fois qu'une célébrité ou une beauté ou un génie porte des jeans, il fait toujours déclaration de mode les plus percutants.

  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. Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed:

    This isn't my first invention and it won't be my last invention.

  4. Ann Douglas:

    Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved.

  5. Plato:

    Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

invention#1#7155#10000

Translations for invention

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for invention »

Translation

Find a translation for the invention definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these invention definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "invention." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 27 May 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/invention>.

    Are we missing a good definition for invention? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of

    invention

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    evincing the presence of a deity
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. inexpiable
    • C. numinous
    • D. tenebrous

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for invention: