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Definitions of invention

  1. the creation of something in the mind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of inventing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of finding out or inventing; contrivance or construction of that which has not before existed; as, the invention of logarithms; the invention of the art of printing. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which is invented; an original contrivance or construction; a device; as, this fable was the invention of Esop; that falsehood was her own invention. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Thought; idea. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The faculty of inventing; imaginative faculty; skill or ingenuity in contriving anything new; as, a man of invention. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The exercise of the imagination in selecting and treating a theme, or more commonly in contriving the arrangement of a piece, or the method of presenting its parts. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. That which is invented: contrivance: a deceit: power or faculty of inventing: ability displayed by any invention or effort of the imagination. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Act of inventing; anything invented; deceit; faculty of inventing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act or process of inventing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. That which is invented; a device; contrivance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Skill or ingenuity in contriving. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. The contrivance of that which did not before exist; contrivance; that which is invented; an original contrivance; fiction; fabrication; the power of imaginative conception; imaginative faculty or ability; discovery. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. The act or operation of finding out or contriving something new; the article invented; forgery; fiction; in the fine arts, a term employed to designate the conception or representation of a subject, and generally the whole means by which the artist seeks to portray his thoughts. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for invention

  1. The greatest invention since the wheel! – The Worlds of Joe Shannon by Frank M. Robinson
  2. The device whereby I secure this at such a distance is an invention of my own which, for patent reasons- I might almost say 'patent patent reasons'- I will ask you to kindly keep to yourself. – The-Darrow-Enigma by Severy, Melvin Linwood
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