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Examples of contraption in a Sentence
The people wondered how the contraption worked.
built a contraption for automatically buttering toast
Recent Examples of contraption from the Web
Along with them, there was an ancient-looking vibrating contraption.
Compared with many other cars that cost nearly $300,000 (or more), the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a shockingly drivable contraption.
But the contraption is nonetheless the world’s first negative emissions plant, and by mid-2019 Gebald plans to set up an array of collectors big enough to capture 3,000 metric tons of CO2.
Bump stocks and similar contraptions that amplify the potency for mass killings are cheap and legal in most states, rendering federal laws that limit the availability of machine guns functionally moot.
BabyLegs, as Ms Liboiron has dubbed her contraption, is the sort of do-it-yourself kit being used by an increasing number of concerned citizens seeking to monitor the soil, water and air.
But compared to the rest of us, Brit James May is far from slow, speeding around the world's most extreme locales in the craziest cars and contraptions in the motoring show The Grand Tour.
Simplicity like taking those classic styles of cocktails and twisting them in a modern way, not having a 30-ingredient cocktail or some insane contraption.
Then there's the Wonder Lab, which houses contraptions that would raise Willy Wonka's eyebrows.
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What Exactly is a contraption?
English has a number of words that can be used as general terms for mechanical or electronic devices, including gadget, gizmo, widget, and contraption. In addition to their meaning, these four words also have a couple of other things in common. First, they are all relative newcomers to the language. The oldest, contraption, entered the language around 1825. Second, the origins of all four are a bit of a mystery (well, widget is believed to be an alteration of gadget, but the origins of gadget are unknown-it didn't appear in print until 1886, but is believed to have been used among sailors perhaps as far back as the mid-1800s). Contraption, may be a blend of contrivance (which can be used as another synonym of gadget), trap, and invention.
Origin and Etymology of contraption
First Known Use: circa 1825See Words from the same year
Synonymsappliance, gadget, contrivance, gimmick, gizmo (also gismo), jigger, widget
Related Wordsimplement, instrument, tool, utensil; ingenuity, innovation, invention; accessory (also accessary), adjunct; mechanism, trick; dingus, doodad, doohickey, hickey, hootenanny [chiefly dialect], thingamabob, thingamajig (or thingumajig), thingummy
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