usage: an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'; "eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force"; "the children were left to their own devices"
1. devices, inclination, disposition, tendency
usage: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
2. device, instrumentality, instrumentation
usage: something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
3. device, expressive style, style
usage: any clever maneuver; "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"