device


device
device [di vīs′]
n.
[ME & OFr devis, division, will < OFr deviser: see DEVISE]
1. a thing devised; plan; scheme, esp. a sly or underhanded scheme; trick
2. an invention or contrivance, esp. a mechanical one, for some specific purpose
3. something used to gain an artistic effect [rhetorical devices]
4. an ornamental figure or design
5. a design, often with a motto, on a coat of arms; heraldic emblem
6. any motto or emblem
7. Archaic the act or power of devising
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leave to one's own devices
to allow to do as one wishes

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