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Definition 1: any clever maneuver - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he would stoop to any device to win a point
  • it was a great sales gimmick
  • a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen

Synonyms for device in the sense of this definition

(device is a kind of ...) a move made to gain a tactical end

(... is a kind of device ) a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall

(... is a kind of device ) a cunning or deceitful action or device

"he played a trick on me" "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"

Definition 2: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • the device is small enough to wear on your wrist
  • a device intended to conserve water

(device is a kind of ...) an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

(... is a kind of device ) a device for amplifying or transmitting sound

(... is a kind of device ) device that enables something to be used in a way different from that for which it was intended or makes different pieces of apparatus compatible

(... is a kind of device ) a device that injects fuel into a hot exhaust for extra thrust

(... is a kind of device ) a device that causes material to gather into rounded balls

"a sonic agglomerator"

(... is a kind of device ) a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight

(... is a kind of device ) a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

(... is a kind of device ) a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

(... is a kind of device ) a device for applying a substance

(... is a kind of device ) a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water

(... is a kind of device ) a navigational device that automatically keeps ships or planes or spacecraft on a steady course

(... is a kind of device ) something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

(... is a kind of device ) a device for keeping the score in a game of billiards

(... is a kind of device ) an outdoor device that supplies food for wild birds

(... is a kind of device ) a device that produces a current of air

(... is a kind of device ) has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots

(... is a kind of device ) a device that measures chemicals (especially the alcohol content) in a person's expired breath

(... is a kind of device ) a device that facilitates breathing in cases of respiratory failure

(... is a kind of device ) any of various devices in which air or some other gas is bubbled through a liquid

(... is a kind of device ) a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact

(... is a kind of device ) a device that launches aircraft from a warship

(... is a kind of device ) a device that can hold a rechargeable battery by means of an electrical cable

(... is a kind of device ) a device (as an earring, sunglasses, microphone etc.) that is attached by clips

(... is a kind of device ) a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge; disentangles or arranges hair

(... is a kind of device ) device used for an infant to suck or bite on

(... is a kind of device ) a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

(... is a kind of device ) an agent or device intended to prevent conception

(... is a kind of device ) a device for changing one substance or form or state into another

(... is a kind of device ) a device for removing the core from apples

(... is a kind of device ) a device for treating injury or disease

(... is a kind of device ) a device that crushes something

(... is a kind of device ) a device for deciphering codes and ciphers

(... is a kind of device ) a device that terminates the flow in a pipe

(... is a kind of device ) a device that dampens or moistens something

"he used a dampener to moisten the shirts before he ironed them"

(... is a kind of device ) a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations

(... is a kind of device ) a device intended to turn aside the flow of something (water or air or smoke etc)

(... is a kind of device ) a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth

(... is a kind of device ) a device used by physician to press a part down or aside

(... is a kind of device ) any device that receives a signal or stimulus (as heat or pressure or light or motion etc.) and responds to it in a distinctive manner

(... is a kind of device ) a device that holds the dies that cut external threads on metal cylinders

(... is a kind of device ) (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium

(... is a kind of device ) device for making large forgings

(... is a kind of device ) any flexible device that will return to its original shape when stretched

(... is a kind of device ) a device that produces or is powered by electricity

(... is a kind of device ) a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically

(... is a kind of device ) a device that supplies electrical energy

(... is a kind of device ) a device designed to provide exercise for the user

(... is a kind of device ) device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy

(... is a kind of device ) a device for creating a current of air by movement of a surface or surfaces

(... is a kind of device ) device that removes something from whatever passes through it

(... is a kind of device ) a manually operated device for extinguishing small fires

(... is a kind of device ) a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification

(... is a kind of device ) a device that generates a gas for the purpose of disinfecting or eradicating pests

(... is a kind of device ) a device to convey illuminating gas from the pipe to the gas burner

(... is a kind of device ) a device that makes grooves by cutting or punching

(... is a kind of device ) a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

(... is a kind of device ) device that heats water or supplies warmth to a room

(... is a kind of device ) device that transfers heat from one liquid to another without allowing them to mix

(... is a kind of device ) a device for holding something

(... is a kind of device ) a device having the shape of a horn

"horns at the ends of a new moon" "the horn of an anvil" "the cleat had two horns"

(... is a kind of device ) a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through

"the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils"

(... is a kind of device ) a device produced by pressure on a surface

(... is a kind of device ) a device for showing the operating condition of some system

(... is a kind of device ) a device that requires skill for proper use

(... is a kind of device ) a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting

"car theives know how to bypass the ignition interlock"

(... is a kind of device ) a device for automatically interrupting an electric current

(... is a kind of device ) a device that holds a piece of machine work and guides the tools operating on it

(... is a kind of device ) metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

(... is a kind of device ) device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like

(... is a kind of device ) a device invented by Edison that gave an impression of movement as an endless loop of film moved continuously over a light source with a rapid shutter; precursor of the modern motion picture

(... is a kind of device ) a device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door

(... is a kind of device ) a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened leg

(... is a kind of device ) a device for lifting heavy loads

(... is a kind of device ) a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

"do you have a light?"

(... is a kind of device ) any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks

(... is a kind of device ) (physics) a device that attracts iron and produces a magnetic field

(... is a kind of device ) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

(... is a kind of device ) a device that preserves information for retrieval

(... is a kind of device ) any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds

(... is a kind of device ) device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it

(... is a kind of device ) a device (such as a clapper or bell or horn) used to make a loud noise at a celebration

(... is a kind of device ) a device for producing or controlling light

(... is a kind of device ) a manually operated device to correct the operation of an automatic device

(... is a kind of device ) a device for inserting sheets of paper into a printer or typewriter

"the job was delayed because the paper feed was clogged"

(... is a kind of device ) a device for peeling vegetables or fruits

"she invented a potato peeler"

(... is a kind of device ) a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

(... is a kind of device ) a device that transfers power from an engine (as in a tractor or other motor vehicle) to another piece of equipment (as to a pump or jackhammer)

(... is a kind of device ) a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

(... is a kind of device ) a device that displays words for people to read

(... is a kind of device ) a device used for pulling something

"he grabbed the pull and opened the drawer"

(... is a kind of device ) device that reflects radiation

(... is a kind of device ) a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism

(... is a kind of device ) a device that can be used to control a machine or apparatus from a distance

"he lost the remote for his TV"

(... is a kind of device ) device for resetting instruments or controls

(... is a kind of device ) a device that retards something's motion

"the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

(... is a kind of device ) (computer science) a device that forwards data packets between computer networks

(... is a kind of device ) device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along

(... is a kind of device ) a device used for scratching

(... is a kind of device ) a device used for easing the foot into a shoe

(... is a kind of device ) a wooden or metal device that is inserted into a shoe to preserve its shape when it is not being worn

(... is a kind of device ) device that resembles a spiked walking stick but the top opens into a seat

(... is a kind of device ) a device that shreds documents (usually in order to prevent the wrong people from reading them)

(... is a kind of device ) a device used to send signals

(... is a kind of device ) a device to help you walk on deep snow; a lightweight frame shaped like a racquet is strengthened with cross pieces and contains a network of thongs; one is worn on each foot

(... is a kind of device ) a device for making soundings

(... is a kind of device ) any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation

(... is a kind of device ) a device for making something stable

(... is a kind of device ) a device for removing stems from fruit (as from grapes or apples)

(... is a kind of device ) a device for straightening

"a hair straightener"

(... is a kind of device ) a device designed to provide additional strength

"the cardboard backing was just a strengthener" "he used gummed reinforcements to hold the page in his notebook"

(... is a kind of device ) a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player

(... is a kind of device ) a cup-shaped device (made of rubber, glass, or plastic) that produces a partial vacuum; used to adhere or draw something to a surface

(... is a kind of device ) any device that bears the weight of another thing

"there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"

(... is a kind of device ) a device that causes tobacco leaves or fruit or hides to sweat

(... is a kind of device ) a device used in photography to synchronize the peak of a flash with the opening of the camera shutter

(... is a kind of device ) any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom)

"a take-up that winds photographic film on a spool"

(... is a kind of device ) a device for teasing wool

"a teaser is used to disentangle the fibers"

(... is a kind of device ) a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear

(... is a kind of device ) a device for emptying a cask by tilting it without disturbing the dregs

(... is a kind of device ) any of various devices for taking hold of objects; usually have two hinged legs with handles above and pointed hooks below

(... is a kind of device ) a device regarded as providing amusement

"private airplanes are a rich man's toy"

(... is a kind of device ) a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

(... is a kind of device ) a device that activates or releases or causes something to happen

(... is a kind of device ) device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone

(... is a kind of device ) a device that puts out a substance in the form of a vapor (especially for medicinal inhalation)

(... is a kind of device ) a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air

(... is a kind of device ) device consisting of a corrugated surface to scrub clothes on

(... is a kind of device ) a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water

(... is a kind of device ) a hand-held device, usually of paper, cardboard, or plastic, for conducting simple calculations or looking up information

Definition 3: an emblematic design (especially in heraldry) - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • he was recognized by the device on his shield

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

(... is a kind of device ) a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)

(device belongs to category ...) the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies

Definition 4: any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery) - [noun denoting artifact]

(device is a kind of ...) a decorative or artistic work

"the coach had a design on the doors"

(... is a kind of device ) a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents

Definition 5: something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect - [noun denoting communication]

(device is a kind of ...) a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

"all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

(... is a kind of device ) an artistic device or effect

"the architect's brilliant conceit was to build the house around the tree"

(... is a kind of device ) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

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