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Definition of Invention


  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.
  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.
  3. Thought; idea.
  4. A fabrication to deceive; a fiction; a forgery; a falsehood.
  5. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention.
  6. 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 Quotations

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Steve Jobs

What's interesting about the shift from an industrial age to a technological age is that we keep inventing new media: movies, records, radio, television, the Internet, and now ebooks - and one of the things that's most interesting about the invention of a new medium is watching it reinvent itself as it penetrates the culture.
David Gerrold

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
Douglas Engelbart

Doubt is the father of invention.
Ambrose Bierce

Necessity... the mother of invention.
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Invention Translations

invention in Danish is opfindelse
invention in Dutch is uitvinding
invention in German is Erfindung
invention in Italian is invenzione
invention in Norwegian is oppfinnelse
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