device - devise

device - devise
Device is a noun. A device is an object that has been made or built for a particular purpose, such as recording or measuring something.

Firemen carry a little alarm device in their pocket. electronic device.

For information on other words which are used to refer to useful objects, see entry at ↑ tools.
Devise is a verb. If you devise a plan, system, or machine, you have the idea for it and you work it out or design it.

It had been necessary to devise a system of universal schooling.

Year by year we devise more precise instruments with which to observe the planets.


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  • Device — De*vice , n. [OE. devis, devise, will, intention, opinion, invention, fr. F. devis architect s plan and estimates (in OF., division, plan, wish), devise device (in sense 3), in OF. also, division, wish, last will, fr. deviser. See {Devise}, v. t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Device — may refer to: Computing and electronics A component of personal computer hardware Peripheral, any device attached to a computer that expands its functionality Electronic component Other uses Appliance, a device for a particular task Device (band) …   Wikipedia

  • Devise — De*vise , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Devising}.] [OF. deviser to distribute, regulate, direct, relate, F., to chat, fr. L. divisus divided, distributed, p. p. of dividere. See {Divide}, and cf. {Device}.] 1. To form in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devise — Sf Wahlspruch erw. fach. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. devise, eigentlich Abgeteiltes , zu frz. deviser ein , abteilen , über früh rom. * dēvisāre, * dīvisāre aus l. dīvidere (dīvīsum). Das Wort stammt aus der Wappenkunde und bezeichnet …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Devise — may refer to: To invent something A disposition of real property in a will Devise A Free and Open Software (FOS) project providing application user authentication through Warden Devise, Somme See also Device (disambiguation) Devizes (town in… …   Wikipedia

  • Devise — De*vise , n. Device. See {Device}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • device — late 13c., from O.Fr. devis division, separation, disposition, wish, desire; coat of arms, emblem; last will, from deviser to divide, distribute (see DEVISE (Cf. devise)). Sense of method by which something is divided arose in French and led to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Devise — De*vise , n. [OF. devise division, deliberation, wish, will, testament. See {Device}.] 1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate. [1913 Webster] 2. A will or testament,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Device — Devise A person s will or intention. Cf. Devise …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • device — [di vīs′] n. [ME & OFr devis, division, will < OFr deviser: see DEVISE] 1. a thing devised; plan; scheme, esp. a sly or underhanded scheme; trick 2. an invention or contrivance, esp. a mechanical one, for some specific purpose 3. something… …   English World dictionary

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