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contraption

noun con·trap·tion \kən-ˈtrap-shən\

: a piece of equipment or machinery that is unusual or strange

Full Definition of CONTRAPTION

:  device, gadget

Examples of CONTRAPTION

  1. The people wondered how the contraption worked.
  2. <built a contraption for automatically buttering toast>

Origin of CONTRAPTION

perhaps blend of contrivance, trap, and invention
First Known Use: circa 1825

Rhymes with CONTRAPTION

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