device meaning

[ di'vais ] Pronunciation:   "device" in a sentence
Noun: device  di'vIs
  1. An instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
    "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water" 
  2. Something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect 
  3. Any clever manoeuvre
    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"
    - gimmick, twist 
  4. Any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery) 
  5. An emblematic design (especially in heraldry)
    "he was recognized by the device on his shield"

Derived forms: devices

Type of: design, emblem, expressive style, figure, instrumentality, instrumentation, maneuver [US], manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn], pattern, style, tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn]

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In an electric system, a component that is intended to carry, but not consume, electric energy, e.g., a switch.

noun [C]


an object or a piece of equipment that has been designed to do a particular job:

a handheld device that functions as a mobile phone and an electronic map

Factories are required to install anti-pollution devices.

The technology is being sold to manufacturers of consumer devices, such as digital cameras.


a method of doing sth that produces a particular result or effect:

Sending advertising by mail is very successful as a marketing device.

The company used elaborate accounting devices to hide debts.

'poison pills' and other anti-takeover devices

1. A simple or complex discrete electronic component.
2. A subsystem used as a unit, and regarded as a single component.

Expendable and nonexpendable equipment,supplies,apparatus,and instruments that are used in diagnostic,surgical,therapeutic,scientific,and experimental procedures. n : a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function


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  1. no help from a trim device is assumed.
  2. the device enables the operation of the act.
  3. electronic devices shrank tremendously.
  4. the classical examples are strain gage devices.
  5. the refrigerator is a widely-used device.

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