Meaning of DEVICE in English
/ dɪˈvaɪs; NAmE / noun
an object or a piece of equipment that has been designed to do a particular job :
a water-saving device
electrical labour-saving devices around the home
a bomb or weapon that will explode :
A powerful device exploded outside the station.
the world's first atomic device
a method of doing sth that produces a particular result or effect :
Sending advertising by email is very successful as a marketing device.
a plan or trick that is used to get sth that sb wants :
The report was a device used to hide rather than reveal problems.
- leave sb to their own devices
Middle English : from Old French devis , based on Latin divis- divided, from the verb dividere . The original sense was desire or intention , found now only in leave someone to their own devices (which has become associated with sense 3).
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005