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


  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.]


  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.]


  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. 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.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    About 140+ years ago, on May 20, 1873, the U.S. patent 139,121 covering the invention of 'Jeans' was issued to two American inventors, Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. Most of the inventors, even today, secretly wish that they had invented Jeans, because of the beauty and grace, coupled with simplicity and comfort, that blue Jeans have created in our world. I love wearing Jeans as casual wear during the weekends. I also think that whenever a celebrity or a beauty or a genius wears jeans, it always makes the most impactful fashion statement.

  3. Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990:

    The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.

  4. 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.

  5. Sandeep Aggarwal:

    Most entrepreneurs think that insufficient capital goes against them. You die due to indigestion, not due to hunger. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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