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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·ge·nious /ɪnˈʤinjəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·gen·ious a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]