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Definition of Device


  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.
  2. Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
  3. 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.
  4. Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
  5. Anything fancifully conceived.
  6. A spectacle or show.
  7. Opinion; decision.

Device Quotations

The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.
Dudley Moore

Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? When everyone wasn't looking down at a device in their hands? We've become so focused on that tiny screen that we forget the big picture, the people right in front of us.
Regina Brett

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Ambrose Bierce

At some point in every person's life, you will need an assisted medical device - whether it's your glasses, your contacts, or as you age and you have a hip replacement or a knee replacement or a pacemaker. The prosthetic generation is all around us.
Aimee Mullins

America gave the world the notion of the melting pot - an alchemical cooking device wherein diverse ethnic and religious groups voluntarily mix together, producing a new, American identity. And while critics may argue that the melting pot is a national myth, it has tenaciously informed the America's collective imagination.
Ivan Krastev
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Device Translations

device in Afrikaans is toestel
device in Danish is apparat
device in Dutch is hulpmiddelen, inrichting, apparaat
device in Finnish is koje
device in German is Laufwerk, Einheit
device in Italian is meccanismo, apparecchio, elemento
device in Latin is fabrica
device in Norwegian is innretning
device in Portuguese is aparelho, dispositivo
device in Spanish is utensilo, aparato
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