Definitions of contrivance

  1. a device that very useful for a particular job Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. any improvised arrangement for temporary use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.; "the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; atrifice; arrangement. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A device; apparatus; scheme. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of contriving: the thing contrived: invention: artifice. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Something contrived; device; scheme. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of contriving. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. An artifice; stratagem; device; invention. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The act of contriving; the thing contrived; device; invention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. The act of planning or devising; the thing planned or devised; a scheme. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for contrivance

  1. So, this was a good Contrivance If this be Charles, now will he wonder how I found him out. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  2. Then it would be time to give the alarm, and go down with a bullet in his body, or by some contrivance evade the deadly rifle and come to grips with his enemy. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss