de·vice /dɪˈvaɪs/ 名詞
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. (a) 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. (b) Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by devices on their shields. --Addison.
A banner with this strange device -
4. Anything fancifully conceived.
5. A spectacle or show. [Obs.]
6. Opinion; decision. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Contrivance; invention; design; scheme; project; stratagem; shift.
Usage: -- Device, Contrivance. Device implies more of inventive power, and contrivance more of skill and dexterity in execution. A device usually has reference to something worked out for exhibition or show; a contrivance usually respects the arrangement or disposition of things with reference to securing some end. Devices were worn by knights-errant on their shields; contrivances are generally used to promote the practical convenience of life. The word device is often used in a bad sense; as, a crafty device; contrivance is almost always used in a good sense; as, a useful contrivance.
n 1: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the
device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device
intended to conserve water"
2: something in an artistic work designed to achieve a
3: any clever (deceptive) maneuver; "he would stoop to any
device to win a point" [syn: gimmick, twist]
4: any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)
5: an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); "he was
recognized by the device on his shield"