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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
Since April 22, a ten-foot-tall, 4.2-ton mechanical contraption has been walking among guests in the Valley of Mo’ara.
That sounds like a blow to the concept of the EmDrive, but Woodward is not ready to close the case on the contraption just yet.
But with the high-tech scanning contraption, these researchers have brought new life to old stains.
On Saturday, more than 30 flying contraptions will gather at the Cumberland River in Nashville's Riverfront Park.
Eastman built a contraption of mechanical sleigh bells that beat out a jangling pulse throughout the 70 minutes.
In an attempt to remedy this problem, someone had come up with the idea of stacking six miniLabs one on top of the other and having them share one cytometer to reduce the size and cost of the resulting contraption.
But he’s been given a robotic gold-finding contraption that wasn’t in any of his textbooks, a machine created by a man everyone here calls the Doctor.
For those willing to pay more than the price of admission, an internal elevator would transport them from the observatory to the thrill ride, a mechanical-lift contraption called the Sky Summit.
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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.
CONTRAPTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of contraption for English Language Learners
: a piece of equipment or machinery that is unusual or strange
CONTRAPTION Defined for Kids
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