Definition of device
1 : something devised or contrived: such asa (1) : plan, procedure, technique a marketing device mnemonic devices (2) : a scheme to deceive : stratagem, trickb : something fanciful, elaborate, or intricate in designc : something (such as a figure of speech) in a literary work designed to achieve a particular artistic effect irony and other literary devices a plot deviced archaic : masque, spectaclee : a conventional stage practice or means (such as a stage whisper) used to achieve a particular dramatic effectf : a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function smartphones and other electronic devices a hidden recording device
3 heraldry : an emblematic design used especially as a heraldic bearing (see bearing 4)
Examples of device in a Sentence
The store sells TVs, VCRs, and other electronic devices.
agreeing to dismantle all nuclear devices
a useful mnemonic device for remembering the names of the planets
The company's method of tracking expenses is just a device to make it seem more profitable.
Recent Examples of device from the Web
To give people the opportunity to do something other than be on a mobile device and have great interactions.
Payment processing has become increasingly important for financial institutions as more people shop online and move money using cellphones or other digital devices.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to introduce a digital personal assistant similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo device as soon as next week, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Qualcomm contends the technology will give phone makers more flexibility in designing devices.
The participants, part of the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), wore accelerometers, devices that measure movement, for seven consecutive days.
Explosive technicians from Montgomery police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency located two devices inside the piano.
So do the large drug and medical-device companies, seeking to capitalize on the fruits of this knowledge.
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DEVICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of device for English Language Learners
: 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
DEVICE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of device
: a piece of equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function
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