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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]

    Encyclopedia: Device Device, Voice, Drum


  • [Architecture]

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


  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    1

    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.

    2

    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


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

  • [Medicine]
    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

Examples

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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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