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A device used in an emergency; makeshift; resource
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  1. A device used in an emergency; makeshift; resource
  2. Something contrived or used to meet an urgent need:
  3. Something that is a means to an end, especially when based on self-interest:
A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone.
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  1. A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone.
  2. The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers:
  3. Any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose
An orderly combination of things on a definite plan; system
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  1. An orderly combination of things on a definite plan; system
  2. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts:
  3. A secret or devious plan; a plot:
A sly or artful trick
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  1. A sly or artful trick
  2. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse:
  3. A clever expedient
A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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  1. A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
  2. A device or machine for performing a specific task
  3. A device or instrument designed to perform a specific function, especially an electrical device, such as a toaster, for household use:
(Philosophy) The doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.
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  1. (Philosophy) The doctrine that all natural phenomena are explicable by material causes and mechanical principles.
  2. Any system or means for doing something; esp., a physical or mental process or processes, whether conscious or unconscious, by which some result is produced
  3. A machine or mechanical appliance.
A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
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  1. A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
  2. Any interesting but relatively useless or unnecessary object
  3. Any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated.
A mental fabrication, especially a falsehood.
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  1. A mental fabrication, especially a falsehood.
  2. The power of inventing; ingenuity or creativity
  3. The act or process of inventing:
An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
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  1. An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
  2. The instruments, materials, tools, etc. needed for a specific use
  3. An appliance or device for a particular purpose:
(Countable) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
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  1. (Countable) A configuration of the transmission of a motor car so as to achieve a particular ratio of engine to axle torque
  2. A wheel with teeth around its rim that mesh with the teeth of another wheel to transmit motion. Gears are used to transmit power (as in a car transmission) or change the direction of motion in a mechanism (as in a differential axle). Fixed ratios of speed in various parts of a machine is often established by the arrangement of gears.
  3. Movable property; esp., apparatus or equipment for some particular task, as a workman's tools, the rigging of a ship, a harness, etc.
A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
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  1. A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
  2. A tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment used in doing work:
The act or an instance of discovering.
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  1. The act or an instance of discovering.
  2. (Law) The compulsory disclosure to the opposing party of factual information or documents relevant to a lawsuit prior to trial.
  3. In litigation, the compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions, written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure. In litigation, the compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions, written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure.
A legal document, especially one that represents a right of payment or conveys an interest, such as a check, promissory note, deed, or will.
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  1. A legal document, especially one that represents a right of payment or conveys an interest, such as a check, promissory note, deed, or will.
  2. Any of various devices for indicating or measuring conditions, performance, position, direction, etc. or, sometimes, for controlling operations, as in an aircraft
  3. A tool or implement used to do or facilitate work, especially a small precision tool used by a professional:
Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession:
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  1. Something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one's occupation or profession:
  2. A design impressed on a book cover by such a stamp.
  3. A machine, such as a lathe, used to cut and shape machine parts or other objects.
(Now Rare) A structure or built-up fabric of any kind
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  1. (Now Rare) A structure or built-up fabric of any kind
  2. A system or device, such as a computer, that performs or assists in the performance of a human task:
  3. A device that applies force, changes the direction of a force, or changes the strength of a force, in order to perform a task, generally involving work done on a load . Machines are often designed to yield a high mechanical advantage to reduce the effort needed to do that work. &diamf3; A simple machine is a wheel, a lever, or an inclined plane. All other machines can be built using combinations of these simple machines; for example, a drill uses a combination of gears (wheels) to drive helical inclined planes (the drill-bit) to split a material and carve a hole in it.
A machine that turns energy into mechanical force or motion, especially one that gets its energy from a source of heat, such as the burning of a fuel. The efficiency of an engine is the ratio between the kinetic energy produced by the machine and the energy needed to produce it.
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  1. A machine that turns energy into mechanical force or motion, especially one that gets its energy from a source of heat, such as the burning of a fuel. The efficiency of an engine is the ratio between the kinetic energy produced by the machine and the energy needed to produce it.
  2. Any instrument or machine; apparatus
  3. Any machine that uses energy to develop mechanical power; esp., a machine for transmitting motion to some other machine
  1. (Brit.) A lavatory, esp. one for the public
  2. A suitable or agreeable time:
  3. Something that increases comfort or saves work:
A mechanical device; a gadget.
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  1. A mechanical device; a gadget.
  2. A device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, makeshift, etc.; contrivance or gadget
  3. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
An implement or tool, as for use in farming
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  1. An implement or tool, as for use in farming
  2. An implement or container used domestically, especially in a kitchen:
The assemblage of leather straps and metal pieces by which a horse, mule, etc. is fastened to a vehicle, plow, or load
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  1. The assemblage of leather straps and metal pieces by which a horse, mule, etc. is fastened to a vehicle, plow, or load
  2. The gear or tackle, other than a yoke, with which a draft animal pulls a vehicle or implement.
  3. (Dated) The complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; armour in general.
What a thing is, or may be, made of; constituent substance; elements, parts, or constituents
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  1. What a thing is, or may be, made of; constituent substance; elements, parts, or constituents
  2. Something, such as an idea or information, that is to be refined and made or incorporated into a finished effort:
  3. Tools or apparatus for the performance of a given task:
Apparatus; equipment; gear
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  1. Apparatus; equipment; gear
  2. (Sports) The act of stopping an opposing player carrying the ball, especially by forcing the opponent to the ground, as in football or Rugby.
  3. The equipment used in a particular activity, especially in fishing; gear.
Goods used in providing service, esp. in transportation, as the rolling stock of a railroad
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  1. Goods used in providing service, esp. in transportation, as the rolling stock of a railroad
  2. The rolling stock especially of a transportation system.
  3. Whatever a person, group, or thing is equipped with; the special things needed for some purpose; supplies, furnishings, apparatus, etc.
Anything created; esp., something original created by the imagination; invention, design, etc.
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  1. Anything created; esp., something original created by the imagination; invention, design, etc.
  2. The divine act by which, according to various religious and philosophical traditions, the world was brought into existence.
  3. An original product of human invention or artistic imagination:
(Informal) An idea, plan, etc. regarded as produced by a person's own mental labor
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  1. (Informal) An idea, plan, etc. regarded as produced by a person's own mental labor
  2. A creation, original idea, or innovation, usually used to indicate the originators
Something whose name is unknown or forgotten.
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  1. Something whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  2. Something that one does not know the name of.
  3. (Informal) Any device, contrivance, gadget, etc.
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  1. (Informal) thingamajig
  2. A thingamajig.
  3. Placeholder word for a thing or person nonspecific, unknown or forgotten
(Informal) Any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten
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  1. (Informal) Any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten
  2. Something, especially a small device or part, whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  3. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)
A person regarded as stupid.
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  1. A person regarded as stupid.
  2. Something whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  3. (Informal) Any device; contrivance; gadget
An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
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  1. An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose:
  2. (Physiology) A group or system of organs that collectively perform a specific function or process:
  3. An appliance or device for a particular purpose:
A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
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  1. A dental or surgical device designed to perform a therapeutic or corrective function.
  2. A device or machine for performing a specific task
  3. A device or instrument designed to perform a specific function, especially an electrical device, such as a toaster, for household use:
  1. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
  2. A device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, makeshift, etc.; contrivance or gadget
  3. A mechanical device; a gadget.
A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
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  1. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
  2. A design, often with a motto, on a coat of arms; heraldic emblem
  3. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud.
Regard for or interest in someone or something:
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  1. Regard for or interest in someone or something:
  2. A matter of interest or importance to one; that which relates to or affects one; affair; matter; business
  3. Interest in or regard for a person or thing
  1. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
  2. A device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, makeshift, etc.; contrivance or gadget
  3. (Figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
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  1. A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.
  2. Any interesting but relatively useless or unnecessary object
  3. Any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated.
A secret means of controlling a gambling device
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  1. A secret means of controlling a gambling device
  2. A small object whose name does not come readily to mind.
  3. An attention-getting device or feature, typically superficial, designed to promote the success of a product, campaign, etc.
A device used in making ceramic ware that consists of a rotating molded plaster form that shapes clay into a number of identical plates, bowls, etc.
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  1. A device used in making ceramic ware that consists of a rotating molded plaster form that shapes clay into a number of identical plates, bowls, etc.
  2. Any device or contraption whose name does not occur to one; gadget
  3. A person who jigs
An end or objective:
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  1. An end or objective:
  2. (Informal) A complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity
  3. (--- Informal) The latest fad or fashion:
A trinket; bauble
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  1. A trinket; bauble
  2. Any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten
  3. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall); especially an unspecified gadget, device, or part.
(Informal) Any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten
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  1. (Informal) Any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten
  2. Something, especially a small device or part, whose name is unknown or forgotten.
  3. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)
(Computers) An element of a GUI, such as a text box or button, that displays information or settings that can be entered or altered by the user.
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  1. (Computers) An element of a GUI, such as a text box or button, that displays information or settings that can be entered or altered by the user.
  2. A program that performs some simple function, such as providing a weather report or stock quote, and can be accessed from a computer desktop, webpage, mobile phone or subscription television service.
  3. (Computing, graphical user interface) Any one of the components of a computer application's graphical user interface, such as a Cancel button or text input box that a user interacts with.
(Slang) Any gadget or contrivance
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  1. (Slang) Any gadget or contrivance
  2. A mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown; a gadget.
  3. A nonsensical placeholder name for something, generally a device, that one does not know the proper term for; gadget; whatchamacallit; thingamajig.
(Informal) An idea, plan, etc. regarded as produced by a person's own mental labor
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  1. (Informal) An idea, plan, etc. regarded as produced by a person's own mental labor
  2. A creation, original idea, or innovation, usually used to indicate the originators
A design, often with a motto, on a coat of arms; heraldic emblem
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  1. A design, often with a motto, on a coat of arms; heraldic emblem
  2. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
  3. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud. An invention, typically a mechanical object; a tactic or contrivance for the purpose of committing a deception or fraud.
An inventing or being invented
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  1. An inventing or being invented
  2. (Music) A short composition, usually for a keyboard instrument, developing a single short motif in counterpoint; esp., any of a group of these by J. S. Bach
  3. The act or process of inventing:
Find another word for contrivance. In this page you can discover 54 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for contrivance, like: expedient, stratagem, scheme, artifice, appliance, mechanism, gadget, invention, apparatus, gear and implement.