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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. the act of devising something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. any improvised arrangement for temporary use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the faculty of contriving; inventive skill; "his skillful contrivance of answers to every problem" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. a device that is very useful for a particular job Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; atrifice; arrangement. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A device; apparatus; scheme. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Contriver. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Act of contriving: the thing contrived: invention: artifice. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Something contrived; device; scheme. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. The act of contriving. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. An artifice; stratagem; device; invention. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. The act of contriving; the thing contrived; device; invention. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. 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.
  18. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement. dictgcide_fs
  19. Act of contriving; deceitful practice; invention; mechanical device; inventive capacity. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. n. Act of contriving; —the thing contrived; mechanical invention; disposition of parts by design; —device; invention; project. Cabinet Dictionary
  21. The act of contriving ; scheme, plan ; a plot, an artifice. Complete Dictionary
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