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device Tweet Definition of device Like Definition of device on Facebook
noun 
  1. That which is devised, or formed by design; a contrivance; an invention; a project; a scheme; often, a scheme to deceive; a stratagem; an artifice.
His is against Babylon, to destroy it. --Jer. li. 11.
Their recent of demanding benevolences. --Hallam.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty. --Job v. 12.
  1. (linguistics) Power of devising; invention; contrivance.
I must have instruments of my own . --Landor.
  1. (heraldry) An emblematic design, generally consisting of one or more figures with a motto, used apart from heraldic bearings to denote the historical situation, the ambition, or the desire of the person adopting it. See cognizance.
a motto, emblem, or other mark used by Knights-errant to distinguish themselves from others. If a motto affixed to the arms, it usually had some punning allusion to his name. A device differed from a badge or cognizance primarily because as it was a personal distinction, and not a badge borne by members of the same house successively.
  1. (context, heraldry, colloquial) Improperly, an heraldic bearing.
Knights-errant used to distinguish themselves by devices on their shields. --Addison.
A banner with this strange - Excelsior. --Longfellow.
  1. (obsolete) A spectacle or show.
  2. (obsolete) Opinion; decision.
  3. (colloquial) Any piece of equipment, mechanical or electric; a hosehold appliance.
There are a number of household devices in a kitchen such as a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, or an electric can opener, etc.
  1. (context, electrical engineering) An item intended to carry, or help carry, but not utilize electrical energy; an electronic device.
  2. (computing) Equipment which forms part of a computer system, such as a hard drive, a printer, or a video card.
  3. An image used in whole or part as a trademark or service mark.
     
diminutive Tweet Definition of diminutive Like Definition of diminutive on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Grammar) A word form expressing smallness or youth.
    • Booklet, the of book, means "small book".
adjective 
  1. Very small.
  2. Serving to diminish.
     
displayed Tweet Definition of displayed Like Definition of displayed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, display)
     
dormant Tweet Definition of dormant Like Definition of dormant on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Inactive, asleep, suspended.
Grass goes during the winter, waiting for spring before it grows again.
The bank account was ; there had been no transactions in months.
     
doublet Tweet Definition of doublet Like Definition of doublet on Facebook
noun 
  1. a man"s close-fitting jacket, with or without sleeves. Men in Europe wore doublets from the 1400s to the 1600s.
  2. a pair of two similar or equal things; couple.
  3. one of two or more different words in a language derived from the same origin but coming by different routes.
  4. An imitation gem made of two pieces of glass or crystal with a layer of color between them.
  5. (printing, US) A word or phrase set a second time by mistake.
  6. (quantum mechanics) A quantum state of a system with a spin of 1/2, such that there are two allowed values of the spin component, -1/2 and +1/2.
     
dovetailed Tweet Definition of dovetailed Like Definition of dovetailed on Facebook
verb 
  1. (past of, dovetail)
     
drape Tweet Definition of drape Like Definition of drape on Facebook
verb (drap, es)
  1. To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery; as, to drape a bust, a building, etc.
  2. To rail at; to banter.
  3. To make cloth.
  4. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
     

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