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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
That video contraption was the only real frill in an otherwise modest production — a show designed to let Styles’ music and charisma carry the load.
Callans gestures to the small, dark patches, each connected by a wire to an unseen contraption.
Next to the loom, a doll the size of a toddler stands in a wooden contraption designed to keep a child contained within reach; behind that is a cradle that can be rocked by a pedal next to those on the loom.
The contraption is on the second model in the yellow dress in the video below.
The contraption is an Antminer S9, sold by Bitmain, a Chinese firm.
But when imported safeties hit the US market in the spring of 1887, the machines found eager buyers; Pope and other American cycle makers scrambled to put out their own versions of the header-resistant contraptions.
Think Willy Wonka without the charm, or the sort of contraption that a kid imagines pouring in several disparate objects — a lamp, a duck, a pizza, a tire — and out plops a red Solo cup.
Best known for its Roomba vacuum cleaner, the company makes many other product as well—such as robots that defuse IEDs and other deadly contraptions in war zones.
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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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