Meaning of device

de•vice

Pronunciation: (di-vīs'), [key]
— n.
  1. a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, esp. a mechanical or electrical one.
  2. a plan or scheme for effecting a purpose.
  3. a crafty scheme; trick.
  4. a particular word pattern, figure of speech, combination of word sounds, etc., used in a literary work to evoke a desired effect or arouse a desired reaction in the reader: rhetorical devices.
  5. something elaborately or fancifully designed.
  6. a representation or design used as a heraldic charge or as an emblem, badge, trademark, or the like.
  7. a motto.
  8. devising; invention.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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