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English noun: device

1. device (artifact) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose


SamplesThe device is small enough to wear on your wrist.
A device intended to conserve water.


Broader (hypernym)instrumentality, instrumentation


Narrower (hyponym)acoustic device, adapter, adaptor, aerofoil, afterburner, agglomerator, airfoil, alarm, alarm system, appliance, applicator, applier, aspergill, aspersorium, asphyxiator, autocue, automatic pilot, autopilot, baby's dummy, bait, battery charger, billiard marker, bird feeder, birdfeeder, birth control device, blower, bootjack, breathalyser, breathalyzer, breathing apparatus, breathing device, breathing machine, bubbler, buffer, button, catapult, charger, clip-on, comb, comforter, conductor, constraint, contraceptive, contraceptive device, contraption, contrivance, control surface, convenience, converter, convertor, corer, corrective, crusher, cryptograph, cutoff, dampener, damper, dart thrower, decoy, deflector, dental appliance, depressor, detector, diestock, doorknocker, drive, drop forge, drop hammer, drop press, elastic device, electrical device, electronic device, energiser, energizer, exercise device, explosive device, extinguisher, fan, feeder, fender, filter, fire extinguisher, flare, foil, fumigator, gadget, gas fixture, gismo, gizmo, goad, groover, guard, heat exchanger, heater, holding device, horn, hydrofoil, igniter, ignition interlock, ignitor, imprint, indicator, instrument, instrument, interlock, interrupter, jig, key, keyboard, Kinetoscope, knocker, launcher, lift, lifting device, light, lighter, lure, machine, magnet, mechanism, memory device, moistener, muffler, musical instrument, nest egg, noisemaker, optical device, override, pacifier, pair of tongs, paper feed, peeler, pick, plectron, plectrum, power takeoff, preventative, preventive, prod, prompter, prophylactic device, PTO, pull, rapper, reflector, reinforcement, release, remote, remote control, reset, restorative, restraint, robot pilot, router, runner, safety, safety device, scratcher, sensing element, sensor, shoehorn, shoetree, shooting stick, shredder, signaling device, snowshoe, sounder, source of illumination, spear thrower, stabiliser, stabilizer, stemmer, storage device, straightener, strengthener, stylus, suction cup, support, surface, sweatbox, synchroflash, take-up, teaser, teething ring, throwing board, throwing stick, tilter, tongs, toy, trap, trigger, valve, vaporiser, vaporizer, ventilator, ventilator, warmer, warning device, washboard, water cooler, widget

2. device (communication) something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect


Broader (hypernym)expressive style, style


Narrower (hyponym)conceit, rhetorical device

3. device (act) any clever maneuver


SamplesHe would stoop to any device to win a point.
It was a great sales gimmick.
A cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen.


Synonymsgimmick, twist


Broader (hypernym)maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre


Narrower (hyponym)fast one, mnemonic, trick

4. device (artifact) any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery)


Broader (hypernym)design, figure, pattern


Narrower (hyponym)seal, stamp

5. device (artifact) an emblematic design (especially in heraldry)


SamplesHe was recognized by the device on his shield.


Broader (hypernym)emblem


Narrower (hyponym)union


Domain categoryheraldry









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