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definition of the word device

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Old French devis, from Latin divisus, past participle of dividere (to divide).

Singular
device

Plural
devices

device (plural devices)

  1. Any piece of equipment made for a particular purpose, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
    There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener.
  2. A project or scheme, often designed to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
    His device is against Babylon, to destroy it. --Jer. li. 11.
    Their recent device of demanding benevolences. --Hallam.
    He disappointeth the devices of the crafty. --Job v. 12.
  3. (rhetoric) A technique that an author or speaker uses to evoke an emotional response in the audience; a rhetorical device.
  4. (heraldry) A motto, emblem, or other mark used to distinguish the bearer from others. A device differs from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it is a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
  5. (law) An image used in whole or part as a trademark or service mark.
  6. (obsolete) A spectacle or show.
  7. (obsolete) Opinion; decision.
  8. (obsolete) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
    I must have instruments of my own device. --Landor.


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