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


  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.


  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.

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.]


  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. 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.

  2. Larry Finlay:

    I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds, in over 70 books, Sir Terry Pratchett enriched the planet like few before Sir Terry Pratchett. As all who read Sir Terry Pratchett know,' Discworld' was Sir Terry Pratchett vehicle to satirize this world : Sir Terry Pratchett did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention.

  3. Reginald Gatsi:

    Frustration is the seedbed of creativity,invention and ultimately progress.

  4. Author Unknown:

    A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.

  5. Tom Clancy:

    Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which believe the idea that things cannot be changed.

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