See etymology of "to contrive".
- a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task
- a means, such as an elaborate plan or strategy, to accomplish a certain objective
#* 2005, w:Plato|Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination|266b.
#*: And along with each of these go their images, not the things themselves, â they too have come about by godlike contrivance.
- something overly artful or artificial
German: Vorrichtung f (1)
See usage note at device.