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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·vise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devised p. pr. & vb. n. Devising.]
 1. To form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts; to formulate by thought; to contrive; to excogitate; to invent; to plan; to scheme; as, to devise an engine, a new mode of writing, a plan of defense, or an argument.
    To devise curious works.   --Ex. CCTV. 32.
    Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views.   --Bancroft.
 2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
 For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore
 They are which fortunes do by vows devise.   --Spenser.
 3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.]
 4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.]
 5. Law To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
 Syn: -- To bequeath; invent; discover; contrive; excogitate; imagine; plan; scheme. See Bequeath.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the act that results in something coming to be; "the
          devising of plans"; "the fashioning of pots and pans";
          "the making of measurements"; "it was already in the
          making" [syn: fashioning, making]