1. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing.
As the search of it [truth] is the duty, so the invention will be the happiness of man. --Tatham.
2. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention; she patented five inventions.
We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall if not premonished. --Evelyn.
3. Thought; idea.
4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
Filling their hearers
With strange invention. --Shak.
5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention.
They lay no less than a want of invention to his charge; a capital crime, . . . for a poet is a maker. --Dryden.
6. Fine Arts, Rhet., etc. The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts.
Invention of the cross Eccl., a festival celebrated May 3d, in honor of the finding of our Savior's cross by St. Helena.
n 1: the creation of something in the mind [syn: innovation, excogitation,
2: a creation (a new device or process) resulting from study
and experimentation [syn: innovation]
3: the act of inventing