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noun de·vice \di-ˈvīs\

Simple Definition of device

  • : an object, machine, or piece of equipment that has been made for some special purpose

  • : a weapon that explodes

  • : something that is done in order to achieve a particular effect

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of device

  1. 1 :  something devised or contrived: as a (1) :  plan, procedure, technique (2) :  a scheme to deceive :  stratagem, trick b :  something fanciful, elaborate, or intricate in design c :  something (as a figure of speech) in a literary work designed to achieve a particular artistic effect d archaic :  masque, spectacle e :  a conventional stage practice or means (as a stage whisper) used to achieve a particular dramatic effect f :  a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function <an electronic device>

  2. 2 :  desire, inclination <left to my own devices>

  3. 3 :  an emblematic design used especially as a heraldic bearing

Examples of device in a sentence

  1. The store sells TVs, VCRs, and other electronic devices.

  2. agreeing to dismantle all nuclear devices

  3. a useful mnemonic device for remembering the names of the planets

  4. The company's method of tracking expenses is just a device to make it seem more profitable.



Origin of device

Middle English devis, devise, from Anglo-French, division, plan, from deviser to divide, regulate, tell — more at devise


First Known Use: 14th century



DEVICE Defined for Kids

device

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noun de·vice \di-ˈvīs\

Definition of device for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of equipment made for a special purpose <electronic devices>

  2. 2 :  choice of what to do <We were left to our own devices.>

  3. 3 :  a thing or act used to deceive :  trick




Medical Dictionary

device

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noun de·vice \di-ˈvīs\

Medical Definition of device

  1. :  a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function





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