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  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.

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