Meaning of DEVICE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˈvīs ]


Etymology: Middle English devis, devise, from Anglo-French, division, plan, from deviser to divide, regulate, tell — more at devise

Date: 14th century

1. : something devised or contrived: as


(1) : plan , procedure , technique

(2) : a scheme to deceive : stratagem , trick

b. : something fanciful, elaborate, or intricate in design

c. : something (as a figure of speech) in a literary work designed to achieve a particular artistic effect

d. archaic : masque , spectacle

e. : a conventional stage practice or means (as a stage whisper) used to achieve a particular dramatic effect

f. : a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function

an electronic device

2. : desire , inclination

left to my own device s

3. : an emblematic design used especially as a heraldic bearing

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.