1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.
The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver. --Paley.
2. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. --Burke.
Syn: -- Device; plan; scheme; invention; machine; project; design; artifice; shift. See Device.
n 1: a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: appliance,
contraption, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo,
2: the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful
contrivance of answers to every problem"
3: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or
evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us
off the track" [syn: stratagem, dodge]
4: an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived
arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained
too many improbable contrivances to be believable"
5: any improvised arrangement for temporary use [syn: lash-up]
6: the act of devising something [syn: devisal]