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Definition 1: the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he contributed to the design of a new instrument

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) the act of creating something by thinking

(... is a kind of design ) the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise

Definition 2: a decorative or artistic work - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the coach had a design on the doors

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) something used to beautify

(... is a kind of design ) a design consisting of a pattern of varicolored diamonds on a solid background (originally for knitted articles); patterned after the tartan of a clan in western Scotland

(... is a kind of design ) design consisting of a pattern of regularly spaced circular spots

(... is a kind of design ) a design produced by pyrography

(... is a kind of design ) (computer science) a moving design that appears on a computer screen when there has been no input for a specified period of time

"screen savers prevent the damage that occurs when the same areas of light and dark are displayed too long"

(... is a kind of design ) a design consisting of a central disk resembling the sun and rays emanating from it

(... is a kind of design ) a design on the skin made by tattooing

(... is a kind of design ) a figure consisting of four stylized human arms or legs (or bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of design ) a figure consisting of three stylized human arms or legs (or three bent lines) radiating from a center

(... is a kind of design ) pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric

(... is a kind of design ) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

(... is a kind of design ) (Islam) a design in the shape of niche in a Muslim prayer rug; during worship the niche must be pointed toward Mecca

(... is a kind of design ) an incised design resembling the claw of a bear; used in Native American pottery

(... is a kind of design ) a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel

(... is a kind of design ) either a design that is fixed to some surface or a paper bearing the design which is to be transferred to the surface

(... is a kind of design ) any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)

(... is a kind of design ) special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.

(... is a kind of design ) a pattern of columns of short parallel lines with all the lines in one column sloping one way and lines in adjacent columns sloping the other way; it is used in weaving, masonry, parquetry, embroidery

(... is a kind of design ) a design carved in relief into a block of linoleum

(... is a kind of design ) any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation

(... is a kind of design ) a pattern of marks

Definition 3: a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the design of a building

(design is a kind of ...) preliminary drawing for later elaboration

"he made several studies before starting to paint"

Definition 4: the creation of something in the mind - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) the ability to create

(... is a kind of design ) the invention of a scheme or story to suit some purpose

"his testimony was a concoction" "she has no peer in the concoction of mystery stories"

(... is a kind of design ) the faculty of contriving; inventive skill

"his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem"

Definition 5: an arrangement scheme - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult
  • it was an excellent design for living
  • a plan for seating guests

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) an organized structure for arranging or classifying

"he changed the arrangement of the topics" "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original" "he tried to understand their system of classification"

(... is a kind of design ) an arrangement of parts or elements

"the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"

(... is a kind of design ) a plan or design of something that is laid out

(... is a kind of design ) something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

"the exam was full of trap questions" "it was all a snare and delusion"

(... is a kind of design ) a plan and a room rate for providing a room and meals to guests at a hotel

Definition 6: something intended as a guide for making something else - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a blueprint for a house
  • a pattern for a skirt

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

"they drew up a six-step plan" "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"

Definition 7: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his intent was to provide a new translation
  • good intentions are not enough
  • it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
  • he made no secret of his designs

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

"the ends justify the means"

(... is a kind of design ) your intention; what you intend to do

"he had in mind to see his old teacher" "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"

(... is a kind of design ) a contrary aim

"at cross-purposes"

(... is a kind of design ) (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process

(... is a kind of design ) the purpose of achieving or obtaining

"for the sake of argument"

(... is a kind of design ) purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'

"he took the computer with a view to pawning it"

(... is a kind of design ) a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

"where there's a will there's a way"

Definition 8: plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect - [verb of cognition]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This room is not designed for work

(design is a kind of ...) design or destine

"She was intended to become the director"

Definition 9: intend or have as a purpose - [verb of cognition]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She designed to go far in the world of business

(design is a kind of ...) have in mind as a purpose

"I mean no harm" "I only meant to help you" "She didn't think to harm me" "We thought to return early that night"

Definition 10: make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form - [verb of creation]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • design a better mousetrap
  • plan the new wing of the museum

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

(... is a kind of design ) design as an engineer

"He engineered the water supply project"

(... is a kind of design ) design anew, make a new design for

(... is a kind of design ) make a blueprint of

Definition 11: create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner - [verb of creation]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Chanel designed the famous suit

(design is a kind of ...) create by artistic means

"create a poem" "Schoenberg created twelve-tone music" "Picasso created Cubism" "Auden made verses"

(... is a kind of design ) style and tailor in a certain fashion

"cut a dress"

(... is a kind of design ) devise or compose

"This designer makes up our Spring collections"

(design has a similar meaning as ...) create designs

"Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"

Definition 12: make or work out a plan for; devise - [verb of creation]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They contrived to murder their boss
  • design a new sales strategy
  • plan an attack

Synonyms for design in the sense of this definition

(design is a kind of ...) create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

(... is a kind of design ) devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)

"the writer is plotting a new novel"

(... is a kind of design ) contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement

(... is a kind of design ) plan, delineate, or arrange in detail

"map one's future"

Definition 13: create designs - [verb of creation]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Dupont designs for the house of Chanel

(design is a kind of ...) create by artistic means

"create a poem" "Schoenberg created twelve-tone music" "Picasso created Cubism" "Auden made verses"

(design has a similar meaning as ...) create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner

"Chanel designed the famous suit"

Definition 14: conceive or fashion in the mind; invent - [verb of creation]

Samples where design or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day

(design is a kind of ...) have the idea for

"He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients" "This library was well conceived"

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