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device

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devices

device (plural devices)

  1. That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
    His device in 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.
  2. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
    I must have instruments of my own device. --Landor.
  3. An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See cognizance.
    a motto, emblem, or other mark used by Knights-errant to distinguish themselves from others. If a motto affixed to the arms, it usually had some punning allusion to his name. A device differed from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it was a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
  4. Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
    Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by devices on their shields. --Addison.
    A banner with this strange device - Excelsior. --Longfellow.
  5. Anything fancifully conceived. --Shak.
  6. (obsolete) A spectacle or show. --Beau. & Fl.
  7. (obsolete) Opinion; decision. --Rom. of R.
  8. A piece of equipment. See also appliance.
    There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener, etc.
  9. (Computers) Equipment which forms part of a computer system, such as a hard drive, a printer, or a video card.
  10. (legal) An image used in whole or part as a trademark or service mark.

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6 letters in word "device": C D E E I V.

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