Contrivance

  • 1 Contrivance — Con*triv ance, n. 1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning. [1913 Webster] The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver. Paley.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 contrivance — [n1] plan, fabrication angle, artifice, brainchild, coinage, design, dodge, expedient, formation, gimmick, intrigue, invention, inventiveness, machination, measure, plot, project, ruse, scheme, slant, stratagem, switch, trick, twist; concept 660… …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 contrivance — I noun artifice, collusion, complicity, connivance, craft, deception, design, designing power, device, dodge, engineering, excogitatio, intrigue, inventio, invention, inventiveness, machination, maneuver, manipulation, means to an end, mechanism …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 contrivance — 1620s, from CONTRIVE (Cf. contrive) + ANCE (Cf. ance) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 contrivance — *device, gadget, contraption Analogous words: invention, creation, discovery (see corresponding verbs at INVENT): *implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil: *machine, mechanism, apparatus …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 contrivance — ► NOUN 1) the action of contriving. 2) an ingenious device or scheme …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 contrivance — [kən trī′vəns] n. 1. the act, way, or power of contriving 2. something contrived, as an invention, mechanical device, or ingenious plan …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 contrivance — [[t]kəntra͟ɪv(ə)ns[/t]] contrivances 1) N VAR (disapproval) If you describe something as a contrivance, you disapprove of it because it is unnecessary and artificial. [FORMAL] The thing that they all have in common is that they wear simple… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 contrivance — noun 1 (C, U) a clever plan to get something for yourself by deceiving someone, or the practice of doing this: Their story was a clumsy contrivance to persuade me to help them. 2 (C) a machine or piece of equipment that has been made or invented… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 contrivance — UK [kənˈtraɪv(ə)ns] / US noun Word forms contrivance : singular contrivance plural contrivances 1) [countable/uncountable] a plan to trick someone in order to get something for yourself, or the use of such a plan 2) [countable] a clever or… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 contrivance — noun a) a (mechanical) device to perform a certain task And along with each of these go their images, not the things themselves, they too have come about by godlike contrivance. b) a means, such as an elaborate plan o …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 contrivance — con|triv|ance [kənˈtraıvəns] n formal 1.) something that is artificial or does not seem natural, but that helps something else to happen usually used to show disapproval ▪ A ridiculous series of plot contrivances moves the film along. 2.) [U and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 contrivance — noun 1) a mechanical contrivance Syn: device, gadget, machine, appliance, contraption, apparatus, mechanism, implement, tool, invention; informal gizmo, widget, doohickey 2) her matchmaking contrivances Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 contrivance — noun Date: circa 1628 1. a. a thing contrived; especially a mechanical device b. an artificial arrangement or development 2. the act or faculty of contriving ; the state of being contrived …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 contrivance — /keuhn truy veuhns/, n. 1. something contrived; a device, esp. a mechanical one. 2. the act or manner of contriving; the faculty or power of contriving. 3. a plan or scheme; expedient. [1620 30; CONTRIVE + ANCE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 16 contrivance — Synonyms and related words: Charlie McCarthy, action, ad hoc measure, agent, anagnorisis, ancilla, angle, answer, apparatus, appliance, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, art, artful dodge, artifice, atmosphere, attack …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 contrivance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. device, invention, construction, machine, apparatus, contraption (inf.); plan, scheme, trick, stratagem. See instrumentality, cunning. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A plan, especially an ingenious plan] Syn …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 contrivance — con|tri|vance [ kən traıvns ] noun 1. ) count or uncount a plan to trick someone in order to get something for yourself, or the use of such a plan a ) a clever or complicated method of achieving a particular effect, especially in a story, that… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 contrivance — con·triv·ance || kÉ™n traɪvns n. plan, plot, scheme; device, invention, contraption …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 contrivance — noun 1》 the action of contriving something. 2》 an ingenious device or scheme …

    English new terms dictionary


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