contrivance
noun Date: circa 1628 1. a. a thing contrived; especially a mechanical device b. an artificial arrangement or development 2. the act or faculty of contriving ; the state of being contrived

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  • Contrivance — Con*triv ance, n. 1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning. [1913 Webster] The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver. Paley.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrivance — [n1] plan, fabrication angle, artifice, brainchild, coinage, design, dodge, expedient, formation, gimmick, intrigue, invention, inventiveness, machination, measure, plot, project, ruse, scheme, slant, stratagem, switch, trick, twist; concept 660… …   New thesaurus

  • contrivance — I noun artifice, collusion, complicity, connivance, craft, deception, design, designing power, device, dodge, engineering, excogitatio, intrigue, inventio, invention, inventiveness, machination, maneuver, manipulation, means to an end, mechanism …   Law dictionary

  • contrivance — 1620s, from CONTRIVE (Cf. contrive) + ANCE (Cf. ance) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrivance — *device, gadget, contraption Analogous words: invention, creation, discovery (see corresponding verbs at INVENT): *implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil: *machine, mechanism, apparatus …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contrivance — ► NOUN 1) the action of contriving. 2) an ingenious device or scheme …   English terms dictionary

  • contrivance — [kən trī′vəns] n. 1. the act, way, or power of contriving 2. something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan …   English World dictionary

  • contrivance — [[t]kəntra͟ɪv(ə)ns[/t]] contrivances 1) N VAR (disapproval) If you describe something as a contrivance, you disapprove of it because it is unnecessary and artificial. [FORMAL] The thing that they all have in common is that they wear simple… …   English dictionary

  • contrivance — noun 1 (C, U) a clever plan to get something for yourself by deceiving someone, or the practice of doing this: Their story was a clumsy contrivance to persuade me to help them. 2 (C) a machine or piece of equipment that has been made or invented… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • contrivance — UK [kənˈtraɪv(ə)ns] / US noun Word forms contrivance : singular contrivance plural contrivances 1) [countable/uncountable] a plan to trick someone in order to get something for yourself, or the use of such a plan 2) [countable] a clever or… …   English dictionary

  • contrivance — noun a) a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task And along with each of these go their images, not the things themselves, they too have come about by godlike contrivance. b) a means, such as an elaborate plan o …   Wiktionary

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