noun Etymology: Middle English devis, devise, from Anglo-French, division, plan, from deviser to divide, regulate, tell — more at devise Date: 14th century 1. something devised or contrived: as a. (1) plan, procedure, technique (2) a scheme to deceive ; stratagem, trick b. something fanciful, elaborate, or intricate in design c. something (as a figure of speech) in a literary work designed to achieve a particular artistic effect d. archaic masque, spectacle e. a conventional stage practice or means (as a stage whisper) used to achieve a particular dramatic effect f. a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function <
an electronic device
2. desire, inclination <
left to my own devices
3. an emblematic design used especially as a heraldic bearing

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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