Meaning of DEVICE in English

DEVICE

■ noun

1》 a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of equipment mechanical or electronic.

2》 a plan, scheme, or trick.

↘a turn of phrase intended to produce a particular effect.

3》 a drawing or design.

↘an emblematic or heraldic design.

4》 archaic design or look: works of strange ~.

Phrases

leave someone to their own ~s leave someone to do as they wish without supervision.

Origin

ME (in sense 'desire or intention'): from OFr. devis , based on L. divis- , dividere 'to divide'.

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