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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

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

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

It's a wonderful narrative device to bring someone from the outside and look through his eyes if you want to describe the absurdity and preposterous reality that is accepted amongst the ones who are inside.
Christoph Waltz

So let's not use a stylus. We're going to use the best pointing device in the world. We're going to use a pointing device that we're all born with - born with ten of them. We're going to use our fingers. We're going to touch this with our fingers. And we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic.
Steve Jobs

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
H. L. Mencken
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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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