1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.
A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war. --Hakluyt.
Thou, king, send out
For torturers ingenious. --Shak.
The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to trouble themselves. --Sir W. Temple.
2. Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.
Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill. --Cowper.
3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.
4. Mental; intellectual. [Obs.]
A course of learning and ingenious studies. --Shak.
adj 1: (used of persons or artifacts) marked by independence and
creativity in thought or action; "an imaginative use
of material"; "the invention of the knitting frame by
another ingenious English clergyman"- Lewis Mumford;
"an ingenious device"; "had an inventive turn of
mind"; "inventive ceramics" [syn: imaginative, inventive]
2: skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends; "cool
prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick
perception of what is possible--these distinguish an
adroit politician"; "came up with a clever story"; "an
ingenious press agent"; "an ingenious scheme" [syn: adroit,
3: showing inventiveness and skill; "a clever gadget"; "the
cunning maneuvers leading to his success"; "an ingenious
solution to the problem" [syn: clever, cunning]